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John Bradbury Clarinet

Born in 1967, John Bradbury read Natural Sciences at St John’s College, Cambridge, and went on to the Royal Academy of Music where he won the Hawkes Clarinet Prize and the Principal’s Prize. His orchestral career began in the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, followed by appointment to the London Symphony Orchestra. In 1997 he was invited to become Principal Clarinet with the BBC Philharmonic with which he has recorded over 120 CDs, made over 500 broadcasts, given fifty Proms and over twenty international tours. He has appeared as a soloist with the orchestra many times, notably performing Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto under Günther Herbig, and Busoni’s Concertino under Neemi Järvi. His recording of Malcolm Arnold’s Scherzetto was Editor’s Choice in The Gramophone. He has often appeared as Guest Principal with the Philharmonia, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and the London Symphony Orchestra.

As a chamber musician John Bradbury has shared platforms with the Quatuor Danel, the Sorrel Quartet and the English Chamber Orchestra Soloists. He teaches at the Royal Northern College of Music, Chetham’s School of Music and coaches the clarinet section of the National Youth Orchestra.