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ADRIÁN VARELA

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Violinist

'The astounding versatility, equally at home in jazz, rock, classical and Argentine tango ...a great gift.'

Benjamin Till

 

 

Adrián is a member of the Philharmonia Orchestra 1st violin section since 2002. Philharmonia work has included:

 

UK residencies, live broadcasts, recordings, overseas & intercontinental tours

 

Hollywood and other film sountracks including Thor, Power Rangers, Now You See Me 1&2, An Unfinished Life, Flashbacks of a Fool, Splice, all Asterix films, Smurfs: The Lost Village, The Mummy, Sausage Party, Baby Driver, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Fury

 

Vidoegame soundtracks including Harry Potter, Star Wars, Dante's Inferno, Ark: Survival Evolved, Recore, Dead Space, Remember Me

 

Active development of digital formats; headcam for Philharmonia's ground-breaking digital instalation Re-Rite, recording Stravinsky's Rite of Spring live in one take.

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More recently Adrián has introduced his native Tango to the Philharmonia's sphere, with a performance of Piazzolla's Estaciones Porteñas at the Royal Festival Hall with the Philharmonia Chamber Players, the first time this music has been programmed in a major London orchestra's concert season.

 

Adrián is in great demand as pedagogue; naturally as violinist, but increasingly as teacher of study techniques, performance under stress, careers strategy,  and  large ensemble technique, areas of expertise which he combines seamlessly with conducting. He has taught in London's Guildhall School of Music and Drama, accross the UK and in Poland, Germany and Uruguay.

 

Outside the Philharmonia Adrián is involved in many cross-genre collaborations. He has performed live with Nigel Kennedy, arena gigs and recordings with Placebo and Uruguayan rock legends Niquel and Mona Lisa. He has collaboarted with a number of Indian musicias including Shivanova and Tamil star Yoga ('Eyes Wide Shut'). In Uruguay, Argentina and Brazil Adrián worked with Rene Marino Rivero, Pablo Ziegler, and many more tango masters as a member of the Montevideo Philharmonic and Uruguayan National Symphony orchestras.

 

Adrián began studies with the Suzuki method at the Detroit School of Music, later moving on to study with Detroit's leading violin pedagogue Ara Zerounian, stepfather and teacher of sisters Ani and Ida Kavafian.

 

Upon returning to Urguay Adrián studied with Nelson Casale and later with Ljerko Spiller, former teacher of Berliner Philharmoniker first concertmaster Leon Spirer.

 

He studied at London's Royal Academy of Music, earning Distinction in Postgraduate Performance and LRAM teaching diplomas. He later obtained a Master's degree from the University of London for his research into rhythm and rock music.