Philharmonia mourns a concertmaster

Philharmonia mourns a concertmaster


norman lebrecht

October 20, 2021

The impressive violinist Carl Pini – concertmaster of the Philharmonia in London from 1975 to 1983 and then of the Melbiurne Symphony Orchestra in Australia from 1990 to 1995 – has died at the age of 87.

Between those two jobs he was artistic director of the Australian Chamber Orchestra, a post he relinquished to Richard Tognetti.

Pini, the son of a principal cello in London orchestras, founded the London String Quartet in 1960. He made numerous recordings.



  • Gerry McDonald says:

    He also played with Marriner, Dart and Desmond Du’Pre in the Jacobean ensemble – some very stylish (obviously pre historical instruments) recordings of Couperin’s Les Nations!

  • Dan says:

    He was also a fine teacher.

  • Sue Sonata Form says:

    A life well lived. Thank you Carl.

  • Steven Holloway says:

    Anthony Pini was the father of Carl, and he cannot be dismissed as a principal in London Orchestras. He was a principal, notably for Beecham. But his recording of the Elgar concerto with Beinum is considered a splendid one, and a particular treasure is his collaboration with Solomon and Henry Holst in the Archduke trio, sound limitations and Holst having intonation problems notwithstanding.

  • Anne-Louise Luccarini says:

    We were friends. I’m so sorry he is gone.