Adrián Varela 1ST VIOLIN

Adrián has been described both as 'Renaissance man' and 'Music's answer to Puck'. A Philharmonia member since 2002, he combines his role as 1st violinist in the orchestra with those of conductor, composer and pedagogue of performance, study and technical strategies. He fronts his own electric Tango-rock band.

'An artist who can rise above the prejudices of a tough profession to defy convention...a glowing example of how it is possible to transcend all kinds of boundaries through the international language of music.'
Peter Fisher, Director, Ensemble of London

1st violinist Adrián Varela is the Conductor and Artistic Director of Poland's National Youth Orchestra, which he visits three times a year for training, concert tours and acclaimed live radio broadcasts. 

In the UK he holds the same titles with the One Tree Hill Sinfonia which he co-founded, performing repertoire from Baroque to contemporary, world premieres and core symphonic repertoire. With OTHS he has raised thousand of pounds for local, national and international charities, a stance whose origins may be traced to his experience of tearing down the Berlin Wall on New Year's Eve 1989. Soloists have included Philharmonia principal players Mark van de Wiel & Yukiko Ogura as well as Maria Wloszczowska, Julian Rowlands, Victor de la Rosa and actress Diana Aubrey.

Adrián effortless assimilation of different languages, musical and otherwise, has led to interesting collaborations. As well as his Philharmonia work with the greatest conductors and soloists including Maazel, Salonen, von Dohnanyi, Ashkenazy, Muti, Masur, Nelsons, Blomstedt and Dudamel, he has worked with a wide range of artists including film composers Brian Tyler, Lalo Schiffrin, Emilio Kauderer, Christopher Lennertz, tamil singer Yoga ('Eyes Wide Shut'), Indian virtuosoi Kirpal Panesar, Shruti Arts and Shivanova, Latins Luis Miguel and Rafa Sardina, rockers Placebo, Níquel and Mona Lisa, the acclaimed Henri Oguike Dance Company and bandoneonists Renee Marino Rivero and Julian Rowlands. Adrián ended up jamming through the night with Nigel Kennedy in Kennedy's living room the day after the two met.

Adrian's writings and videos on technique and aesthetics enjoy a wide national and international following through his website as well as through the Philharmonia’s digital platforms.

As composer Adrián is published by Scott,  Mainz. His works have been performed by orchestras including the Philharmonia and the Deutsche Symphonie Orchester Berlin, and by artists Vladimir Ashkenazy, Patricia Kopatchinskaja, James Ehnes. His work has been broadcast on BBC Radio 3, BBC World Service, Tokyo FM, National Polish Radio and Uruguayan national and commercial radio and television. 

Adrian's unusual cultural background led him to create a suitable live and recording platform of expression. The result is his live act, which seamlessly integrates Tango, prog rock and classical music. The band has appeared live on BBC Radio 3, gigs and festivals and enjoys a loyal cult following. 

A native of Montevideo, Adrián first took up the violin in Detroit with Zerounian, and conducting with Maazel at Interlochen. Upon returning to Uruguay Adrián studied violin with Casale and Spiller, and conducting with Montenegro. Adrián combined conducting and playing the violin professionally before coming to the UK for postgraduate studies at the Royal Academy of Music. Early during his tenure at Philharmonia he took an 18-month sabbatical to become the youngest ever leader of Uruguay's National Symphony Orchestra. 

Adrián lives in London with his wife, their two children and Flash the Springer Spaniel.

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