He peacefully in his sleep on Sunday, the website said.
"I am deeply saddened by the news of Sir Neville Marriner’s passing," said Joshua Bell, who has been Music Director of London-based Academy of St. Martin in the Fields since Marriner handed him the baton in 2011 and became Life President. "He was one of the most extraordinary human beings I have ever known. I will remember him for his brilliance, his integrity, and his humor, both on and off the concert platform. Maestro Marriner will always be the heart and soul of the Academy of St Martin in the Fields, and we musicians of the orchestra will miss him dearly."
A violinist born in Lincoln, England, Marriner started his musical studies with his father and later studied at the Royal College of Music and the Paris Conservatoire. He played in the Martin String Quartet and in the London Symphony Orchestra, before he founded the Academy of St Martin in the Fields chamber orchestra in 1958 with four of his musical colleagues. They originally rehearsed in his flat, naming the ensemble after the venue where they gave their first concerts.
Marriner and Academy of St Martin in the Fields recorded copiously with a number of different record labels; one of his many projects included the soundtrack for the 1984 Academy Award-winning film, Amadeus.
Marriner also was the first music director of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra (1969-1978); was music director of the Minnesota Orchestra (1979-1986); and was principal conductor of the Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra (1986-1989). He was also oldest conductor to lead at the Proms, in 2014 at the age of 90.
BELOW: The Academy's performance of the opening to Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 20, conducted by Sir Neville Marriner in April 2014.
And from 1988, an early collaboration between Sir Neville Marriner, Joshua Bel and Academy of St Martin in the Fields: a recording of the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto with Decca; this is the first movement:
This article has been archived and is no longer accepting comments.
Violinist.com is made possible by...
Discover the best of Violinist.com in these collections of editor Laurie Niles' exclusive interviews.