Anthony Friend

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Royal Academy of Music
Clarinettist based in London. Founder of new music night Filthy Lucre.

Anthony Friend is a clarinettist with diverse musical interests, active as a solo, chamber and orchestral musician. He has played under conductors such as Semyon Bychkov, Edward Gardner, Yan Pascal Tortelier, Leif Segerstam, Mark Wigglesworth and Tamás Vásáry. His playing has been praised as “particularly fine” (Seen and Heard International), “delicious” (The Times) 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. He was co-principal clarinet of Southbank Sinfonia for 2017. His chamber music collaborators have included the Allegri Quartet, pianists Karim Said and Florian Mitrea, violist Ásdís Valdimarsdóttir, and wind quintets Cavendish Winds and the Magnard Ensemble. He is principal clarinettist of new music group Ensemble x.y which won Nonclassical’s Battle of the Bands 2016, and is resident at Kingston University, Hassfest in Armenia and Musikfest Erzgebirge in Germany. He played Terry Riley’s In C at King’s Place with Katia and Marielle Labèque, and performed Messiaen's last completed work Éclairs sur l'au-delà in a side-by-side scheme with the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Thierry Fischer. Aside from his performing, he is co-founder of Filthy Lucre, an immersive, mixed-genre new music night which moves from concert to club night, and which has received funding from Arts Council England. 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.

Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, Eb clarinet
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