About us

The Academy is one of the world’s finest chamber orchestras, renowned for fresh, brilliant interpretations of great orchestral music.

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

Sir Neville Marriner (15 April 1924 – 2 October 2016) – Founder, Director and 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