Adrian Brown comes from a distinguished line of Sir Adrian Boult’s most gifted pupils. After graduating from the Royal Academy of Music in London, he studied intensively with Sir Adrian for some years. He remains the only British conductor to have reached the finals of the Karajan Conductors’ Competition: in fact, the Berlin Philharmonic was the first professional orchestra he conducted. Sir Adrian wrote: ‘He has always impressed me as a musician of exceptional attainments who has all the right gifts and ideas to make him a first-class conductor.’
In 1992 Adrian Brown was engaged to conduct one of the great orchestras of the world: the St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra. In 1998 Sir Roger Norrington recommended him to conduct the Camerata Salzburg, one of Europe’s foremost chamber orchestras. In addition, Adrian has conducted many leading British orchestras including the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and the London Sinfonietta. He is a great proponent of contemporary music and has several first performances to his credit.
The 2018-19 season includes the formation of his own orchestra, the Elgar Sinfonia of London and celebrating the Bromley Symphony Centenary Season; works will include Mahler 1, Strauss ‘Ein Heldenleben’, Elgar 2 and Beethoven 9. He will also conduct Elgar’s ‘The Dream of Gerontius’ and perform with his Sinfonia Elgar’s Violin Concerto with Sasha Rozhdestvensky. Southgate Symphony and Waveney Sinfonia see performances of Parry No.5, Mendelssohn 3, Schubert and Dvorak.The autumn of 2019 sees a return to the Royal Orchestral Society in Berlioz ‘Te Deum’ shortly after conducting that composer’s ‘Grande Messe des Morts’ for the 150th Berlioz Anniversary.
Adrian Brown was one of a hundred musicians presented with a prestigious Classic FM Award at their Tenth Birthday Honours Celebration in June 2002. In the summer of 2013 he was awarded the ‘Making Music’ NFMS Lady Hilary Groves Prize for services to Community Music, a much appreciated and admired honour. In December 2017 Adrian was presented with the Berlioz International Society Medal for services to the great French composer.