About us

We are a touring and recording chamber orchestra founded by Sir Neville Marriner in 1958. Our Music Director is the virtuoso violinist, Joshua Bell.

The academy musicians

Joshua Bell

Joshua Bell is one of the most celebrated violinists of his era, and his restless curiosity, passion, and multi-faceted musical interests are almost unparalleled in the world of classical music.

Sir Neville Marriner

15 April 1924 – 2 October 2016
Founder and Life President of the Academy of St Martin in the Fields.

Murray Perahia © Prague Spring Festival – Ivan Malý

Appointed Principal Guest Conductor of the Academy in 2000, American pianist Murray Perahia has become one of the most sought-after and cherished pianists of our time.

Tomo Keller was born in Stuttgart in 1974, to German-Japanese musicians, and started playing the violin at the age of six. At ten years old he gave his first performances with…

Sally Beamish

We are delighted that Sally Beamish is our first Composer in Residence, a partnership set to run until the end of the Academy’s Diamond Jubilee season in 2019/20. Sally Beamish is…

Find out about the amazing individual musicians who make up the members of the Academy of St Martin in the Fields.

More about the Academy

The Academy of St Martin in the Fields Chamber Ensemble was created in 1967 to perform the larger chamber works – from quintets to octets – with players who customarily work together.

The Academy of St Martin in the Fields is one of the world’s premier chamber orchestras, renowned for its fresh, brilliant interpretations of the world’s most-loved classical music.

Image credit: © Chris Christodoulou