Adrian Butterfield with McGill Cappella Antica with the McGill Baroque Orchestra
Valerie Kinslow, director, McGill Cappella Antica
Adrian Butterfield, Solo violin and guest conductor, McGill Baroque Orchestra
Mr. Butterfield is a 2014 Catherine Thornhill Steele Artist.
Works of Purcell, Leclair, Locatelli and CPE Bach.
Born in London, Adrian Butterfield is a violinist, director and conductor who specialises in performing music from 1600-1900 on period instruments. A former chorister of St. Paul’s Cathedral and a graduate of Trinity College Cambridge, he is Musical Director of the Tilford Bach Society and Associate Musical Director of the London Handel Festival. He regularly directs the London Handel Orchestra and Players and is increasingly invited as a guest director and soloist in Europe and North America.
He has appeared on numerous recordings and with most of the period-instrument orchestras in London. His solo recordings include CPE Bach sonatas (ATMA), Bach’s Concerto for oboe and violin with John Abberger (Analekta), Handel’s complete Violin Sonatas (SOMM) and Leclair's 1st Book of sonatas (Naxos), issued on three separate CDs.
He leads two chamber ensembles in London. The London Handel Players perform regularly at the Wigmore Hall and at festivals throughout Europe and in the United States and Canada. Their recent Handel recordings, of his Op.2 and Op.5 trio sonatas, “Handel at Home” as well as the Violin Sonatas, all for SOMM, have received glowing reviews and their latest CD, the first complete recording of Geminiani's Op.1 Sonatas, was released in late 2012. The Revolutionary Drawing Room specializes in classical and romantic music on period instruments, has recorded quartets by Boccherini and Donizetti for CPO and has performed in North America and across Europe. Their recent recording of Mozart's Clarinet Quintet with Colin Lawson, also released in late 2012, on Clarinet Classics, reached No.17 in the Classical Charts.
Repertoire Adrian has conducted includes Bach's B minor Mass and St. John Passion, Handel’s La Resurrezione and Alcina, Purcell's Fairy Queen, Cavalieri’s Rappresentatione di Anima e Corpo and Rameau’s Pigmalion and concerto appearances include numerous baroque works, Mozart's Sinfonia Concertante with the LHO and rare performances on period instruments of the Beethoven Concerto with the Hanover Band.
He directs a baroque project annually with the Southbank Sinfonia, is Professor of Baroque Violin at the Royal College of Music in London, gives masterclasses in Europe and North America and teaches on the Aestas Musica International Summer School of Baroque Music and Dance in Croatia.
Recent highlights have included conducting the LHO in Bach's St. John Passion and Magnificat at Tilford and Handel's La Resurrezione at the Wigmore Hall on Easter Monday, directing the London Mozart Players in Bach and Mendelssohn and appearing on Croatian Television with LHP as well as appearances at the Newbury and Regensburg Festivals and a special collaboration between LHP and the Scottish fiddler, Alasdair Fraser, at the opening of the Spitalfields Winter Festival.
Adrian is married to the period-instrument flautist and recorder player Rachel Brown and they have one daughter.