Anthony Friend is a clarinettist with diverse musical interests, active as a solo, chamber and orchestral musician. He was co-principal clarinet of Southbank Sinfonia for 2017, and freelances with orchestras including the BBC Symphony Orchestra, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and the orchestra of English National Opera. He has played under conductors such as Semyon Bychkov, Edward Gardner, Yan Pascal Tortelier, Leif Segerstam, Mark Wigglesworth, Martyn Brabbins and Tamás Vásáry. His playing has been praised as “delicious” (The Times), “particularly fine” (Seen and Heard International) and “energised and raunchy, but not too much” (The Telegraph). Anthony has played in major venues in the UK and abroad, from the Barbican to the Mariinsky 2, and has been broadcast on BBC radio and television. His chamber music collaborators have included the Allegri and Maxwell quartets, the Philharmonia Chamber Players, pianists Karim Said and Florian Mitrea, violist Ásdís Valdimarsdóttir, harpist Oliver Wass, the Pelléas Ensemble and wind quintets Cavendish Winds and the Magnard Ensemble.
A keen exponent of contemporary and twentieth-century music, he is co-founder of Filthy Lucre, an immersive, mixed-genre new music night which moves from concert to club night. He has played Terry Riley’s In C at King’s Place with Katia and Marielle Labèque, and has worked with groups such as the Hermes Experiment, the Riot Ensemble and Ensemble x.y.
Aside from his performing, he runs the prestigious chamber music series Camerata Musica Cambridge, and writes programme notes for major artists and series such as the Aldeburgh Festival.
Anthony studied at Gonville & Caius College, Cambridge, and then at the Royal Academy of Music with Angela Malsbury, and Chris Richards, Lorenzo Iosco and Chi-Yu Mo of the London Symphony Orchestra. He previously studied with David Campbell and Michael Whight.
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