Andrew Marriner has held the position of principal clarinet in the London Symphony Orchestra since 1986, when he succeeded the late Jack Brymer. During his orchestral career Andrew has maintained a presence on the worldwide solo concert platform, in the field of chamber music, and as a teacher.
As Sir Neville Marriner’s son, Andrew quite literally grew up along with the Academy of St Martin in the Fields, which for a time was headquartered in the family home. He was a chorister at King’s College, Cambridge, and sang on many of the choir’s signature recordings, including the celebrated version of the Allegri “Miserere” with Roy Goodman as solo treble. At the The King’s School, Canterbury, Andrew began serious study of the clarinet and, as a member of the National Youth Orchestra, had his first orchestral experience under such conductors as Pierre Boulez, with Lord Menuhin as soloist.
After a brief time as an undergraduate at Oxford, Andrew chose to focus on the clarinet, travelling to Germany to study with Hans Deinzer in Hannover. His break came in 1985, when the LSO needed a guest principal for a five-week world tour, thus beginning his remarkable career with the orchestra. 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.
Highlights of Andrew’s career include. the world premières of several works written for him by Sir John Tavener, Robin Holloway, Dominic Muldowney and Douglas Weiland. For Andrew, the LSO commissioned from Tavener The Repentant Thief for clarinet, percussion and seven strings. Andrew premiered the work with the LSO and recorded it in 1990 with Michael Tilson Thomas conducting, subsequently introducing it in New York. In 1997, he played the first performances of Holloway’s Clarinet Concerto, written to celebrate the 1400th anniversary of The King’s School, Canterbury, and Muldowney’s Clarinet Concerto at that year’s Oxford Contemporary Music Festival. In Melbourne, Andrew recently performed Weiland’s new concerto with the Melbourne Chamber Orchestra.
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.
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 Guildhall School of Music and Drama, and the Royal Academy of Music; in 1996, he was awarded an Hon. Ram.
In addition to numerous recordings with the LSO and the Academy of St Martin in the Fields, Andrew has recorded the core solo and chamber clarinet repertoire for various labels, including Philips, EMI, Chandos and Collins Classics. Recent recording projects include Ronald Corp’s Clarinet Quintet with the New London Orchestra, and Howard Blake’s Clarinet Concerto with Sir Neville Marriner and the Academy of St Martin in the Fields for Pentatone. 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.
Andrew Marriner is a Buffet Crampon Artist.