Marriner, Sir Neville

Marriner, Sir Neville, 1924–2016, British conductor, b. Lincoln, England, grad. Royal College of Music, London (1946), studied Paris Conservatory. A violinist, he taught at the Royal College (1949–59) and played with the London Philharmonia (1952–56) and London Symphony Orchestra (1956–68). In 1958 he founded the Academy of St. Martin's in the Fields, a chamber orchestra devoted to performing 17th- and 18th-century music. In the 1960s the group spurred a revival of interest in baroque music. An enlarged orchestra expanded its repertoire to 19th-century works and then operas in the 1970s, and eventually also played modern compositions. Marriner, who retired as the Academy's music director in 2011, also was founding music director of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra (1969–78), music director of the Minnesota Orchestra (1979–86), and principal conductor of the Stuttgart Radio Symphony (1986–89). He was knighted in 1985.

See study by C. Tyler (2009).

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