Neville Marriner (1924) is Life President of the Academy of St.Martin in the Fields. He began his career as a violinist, playing in a string quartet, a trio, and the London Symphony Orchestra. During this period he founded the Academy, forming a top-class ensemble from London’s finest players. As a player, he worked with the greatest conductors like Toscanini and Furtwängler, Krips, Szell, Stokowski and Pierre Monteux. He began his career in 1969, after his studies in the US with Monteux.
Carlos Kleiber has been in my opinion the greatest conductor of the last century. despite is enormous talent is is unknown to most of my closest friends. I had the privilege to be present at his last concert. It happened in Cagliari on the 26/02/1999. Beethoven simphony number 7. I will never forget!