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.
His concerts with the Corinthian Chamber Orchestra in 2011 were met with critical acclaim, and Adrian was appointed their joint principal conductor.
2013 saw Adrian retire from Stoneleigh Youth Orchestra after 40 years and honoured with being one of three national figures nominated for a Lifetime Achievement Award by ‘Music Teacher’ and Classic FM.
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, he was presented with the Berlioz International Society Medal for services to the great French composer.
The 2014-17 seasons featured several concerts with the Royal Orchestral Society, including a performance of Elgar’s ‘The Dream of Gerontius’ and concerts with the Corinthian Orchestra including Vaughan Williams ‘Pastoral’ Symphony.
The 2018-19 Centenary celebrations at Bromley Symphony Orchestra were preceded by another centenary - Holst ‘The Planets’, premiered by Sir Adrian Boult, Adrian’s Teacher, was conducted by that pupil 100 years later in Bromley.
Adrian has formed his own orchestra, the Elgar Sinfonia of London, launched in November 2018, and performing Elgar’s Violin Concerto with Sasha Rozhdestvensky next month (Sunday 30th June at St John’s Church, Waterloo).
Adrian has conducted Bromley Symphony Orchestra since 1980.