Sir Neville Marriner
About Sir Neville Marriner
Sir Neville Marriner was a British violinist, conductor, and cofounder of the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, remaining with the acclaimed chamber orchestra until his death in 2016.
∙ As a performer, he began a 12-year stint as principal second violinist of the London Symphony Orchestra in 1956, ultimately leaving to concentrate on his conducting career.
∙ In 1959, he cofounded the ensemble with whom he was most closely associated, the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, recording more than 500 sessions with them over 50 years.
∙ The Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra named him as its first musical director in 1969—a post he held until 1978.
∙ In recognition of his musical contributions, Marriner was made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 1979, and in 1985 he received a knighthood.
∙ He both conducted and supervised the music for 1984’s Oscar-winning film Amadeus, winning a Grammy Award for Best Classical Album in the process.
∙ The soundtrack for Amadeus, featuring Marriner and the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, sold more than 6.5 million copies worldwide, topping Billboard’s Classical Albums chart.
BORNApril 15, 1924