Brian Carlile

Brian Carlile, Professional MusicianBrian Carlile was born in England and studied at the Royal Manchester College of Music before joining the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra. At 24 he was appointed Principal Viola of the Iceland Symphony Orchestra and violist of the Icelandic Chamber Soloists. During his time in Reykjavík, Brian studied Icelandic at the University, wrote and arranged music for TV and films and directed the City of Reykjavík Band. He co-founded the National Amateur Symphony Orchestra and was instrumental in the establishment of the Icelandic Opera Company

Returning to the UK, he took up teaching appointments at Lancaster University and the City of Leeds College of Music and was appointed violist of the Leodian String Quartet. He also performed and recorded regularly with many of the UK’s major symphony, opera, ballet and chamber orchestras. He became known as an orchestral contractor and orchestrator, organizing musicians for concert, TV, film and recording work. His media credits are wide-ranging including the 2002 TV version of the Forsyte Saga and the 1998 Oscar nominated film, “Hilary and Jackie” about the life of cellist Jacqueline du Pré.

Brian now lives in Canada but continues his long associations in the UK. He organizes the Maggini String Quartet Summer School at the University of Durham and coaches the Basically Quartets course in North Wales each summer. Here in Ontario he thoroughly enjoys an extremely varied musical life working in both classical and modern genres.

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