The Academy of St Martin in the Fields is one of the world’s most celebrated chamber orchestras. More than 50 years since its formation, the orchestra continues its relationship with founder and Life President Sir Neville Marriner, whose early concerts with the Ensemble were directed from the leader’s chair. This tradition continues with the appointment in September 2011 of violinist Joshua Bell as the Academy’s new Music Director. More recently the Academy has developed a successful partnership with internationally renowned pianist Murray Perahia, who has been Principal Guest Conductor since 2000. The concept of the conductor-less ensemble, however, has remained the guiding principle of the Academy of St Martin in the Fields’ artistic policy and, over the years has been strengthened through its associations with high-profile artists including Julia Fischer, Julian Rachlin, Janine Jansen and Anthony Marwood.