Andrew Marriner held the position of principal clarinet in the London Symphony Orchestra from1986 to 2019, having succeeded the late Jack Brymer in that post
During his orchestral career Andrew maintained a presence on the worldwide solo concert platform, in the field of chamber music, and as a teacher.
Andrew first played with the LSO in 1977 under Sergiu Celibidache and, as guest principal, on the orchestra’s 1983 world tour. He later became principal clarinet of the Academy of St Martin in the Fields, a position he held concurrently with his commitment to the LSO until 2008.
Throughout his career, Andrew has performed with chamber ensembles around the world, including the Chilingirian, Lindsay, Endellion, Moscow, Warsaw, Orlando, Saccone and Belcea string quartets, as well as being a member of the LSO’s chamber ensemble. He has performed with some of the most distinguished figures in the world of chamber music, among them Alfred Brendel, André Previn, Andras Schiff, Lynn Harrell, Stephen Isserlis, Emanuel Ax, Hélène Grimaud, Sylvia McNair and Edita Gruberova, as well as the late Vlado Perlemuter and George Malcolm.
Highlights of Andrew’s career include many performances over the years with his father, Sir Neville Marriner, both as soloist and as a member of the Academy of St Martin in the Fields. Among his many traversals of the Mozart Clarinet Concerto are particularly memorable performances at the Musikverein in Vienna; at Teatro alla Scala, Milan, with Sir Colin Davis conducting; with Sir Neville conducting at Teatro la Fenice, Venice in 2009; and in concerts with Mstislav Rostropovich and Sir Antonio Pappano conducting.
As a member of the LSO, Andrew’s playing can be heard on dozens of feature film and television soundtracks, including those for three Oscar-winning Best Pictures – Amadeus, Braveheart and The King’s Speech – as well as John Williams’s scores for the Star Wars and Harry Potter films.
Much in demand as a teacher and woodwind consultant, Andrew gives master classes, coaches orchestras, and adjudicates competitions all around the world. He is Professor at the Academy and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama; in 1996, he was awarded an Hon RAM. Over the years, Andrew has taught at the Sydney Conservatory, Australian National Academy (Melbourne), Juilliard School, Hong Kong Academy and Accademia de la Musica (Rome), while also coaching players with the New World Symphony in Miami. He is a regular panelist for the Donatella Flick Conducting Competition, serves on the Advisory Committee of the Solti Foundation, and is a Trustee of the Hattori Foundation.
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