Sir Neville Marriner, British conductor, Died at 92

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Sir Neville Marriner was born on April 15, 1924, and died on October 2, 2016.

He was an English violinist.

Marriner became one of the world’s prominent conductors.

Sir Neville founded the Academy of St Martin in the Fields, and his partnership with them is the most recorded of any orchestra and conductor.

For a short period he was a music teacher at Eton College.

During 1948, he became a professor of the Royal College of Music.

Some time in the late 194o’s, Sir Neville took up the position of second violinist of the Martin String Quartet, continuing to play with the quartet for 13 years.

Marriner had met the harpsichordist Thurston Dart while recuperating from kidney damage during the war, and they formed a duo together, which expanded to the Virtuoso String Trio with Peter Gibbs.

He made over 600 recordings covering 2,000 different works – more than any conductor except Herbert von Karajan.

Marriner recorded for various labels, including Argo, L’Oiseau Lyre, Philips and EMI Classics.

Marriner had recorded repertoire ranges from the baroque era to 20th-century British music, as well as opera.

Marriner was appointed a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in 1979.

Marriner’s first wife was the cellist (and later, antiquarian bookseller) Diana Carbutt, whom he married in 1949.

Together they had two children, Susie, a writer, and Andrew, a clarinettist who often worked with his father and who is now principal clarinet of the London Symphony Orchestra.

Sir Neville Marriner passed away at 92 years old.

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