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Adrian Butterfield, violin

Adrian Butterfield, violin

Adrian Butterfield is now established as one of the most versatile period-instrument musicians of his generation in the UK and abroad working as a conductor and violinist-director with both modern- and period-instrument orchestras, and as a concerto soloist, chamber musician and teacher. A former chorister of St. Paul’s Cathedral and a graduate of Trinity College Cambridge, he is Musical Director of the Tilford Bach Society and Associate Musical Director of the London Handel Festival and leads ensembles such as the London Handel Orchestra and the Theatre of Early Music across Europe and North America.

Adrian Butterfield leads two chamber ensembles in London. The London Handel Players perform regularly at festivals throughout Europe and have made several appearances at the Ottawa Chamber Music Festival. Their two recent recordings, the first of Handel’s Op.5 trio sonatas and the second entitled ‘Handel at Home’, both for Somm, have received rave reviews. The Revolutionary Drawing Room specializes in classical and romantic music on period instruments, has recorded quartets by Boccherini and Donizetti for CPO, broadcast repertoire from Telemann to Mendelssohn for the BBC and has performed in North America and across Europe.

Recent highlights include rare performances on period instruments of the Beethoven Violin Concerto with the Hanover Band, conducting performances of Handel’s La Resurrezione in the London Handel Festival and Purcell’s The Fairy Queen in Romania, several concerts with Emma Kirkby and the London Handel Players in the UK as well as appearances at the Wigmore Hall and Goettingen Handel Festival.

He works regularly with the Southbank Sinfonia, is Professor of Baroque Violin at the Royal College of Music in London and directs the RCM Baroque Orchestra. Adrian now teaches on the Aestas Musica Baroque Course in Croatia.

Future plans include the release of recordings of sonatas by Leclair (Naxos) and Handel’s Op.2 trio sonatas (Somm) and conducting Cavalieri’s Rappresentatione di Anima e Corpo in Romania. He has also been invited to appear with the Croatian Baroque Ensemble, the Ottawa Baroque Consort and in the ‘Clavecin en Concert’ series in Montreal.

“Adrian Butterfield was the outstanding soloist in Beethoven’s Violin Concerto, his exquisite sense of musical line and phrasing matched by a lovely singing tone quality achieved through the minimal use of a gentle vibrato - reflecting contemporary records of the expressive singing quality of the original soloist,” Franz Clement. (Early Music Review, 2006)

“Adrian Butterfield plays beautifully throughout and is lent wonderful support by Katherine Sharman and Laurence Cummings. This should be required listening for anyone playing these works.” (Early Music Review, 2008, Handel Violin Sonatas)

“... these three outstandingly gifted players are at the peak of their collective form.” (International Record Review, 2008, Handel Violin Sonatas)

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