Within a wide-ranging career as a solo, chamber and orchestral musician, the clarinettist Andrew Sparling has gained a special reputation as an interpreter of living composers.
He has appeared on Channel 4 TV and made many broadcasts and recordings as a member of the ensembles Lontano, Apartment House, Ensemble Exposé and Double Image. He is principal clarinettist of Almeida Opera and New Kent Opera, and has played guest principal clarinet with orchestras including the Philharmonia, the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and the London Sinfonietta.
He has played quintets with the Nyman, Brindisi and Lyric Quartets, and is a regular guest with the English String Quartet at the London Festival of Chamber Music. With the pianist Thalia Myers he has given recitals in venues from St Helier to Ho Chi Minh City, and he has taken part in chamber music and education projects for the British Council in Egypt, Jordan, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Macedonia and Argentina.
His solo performances have included festivals in London, Huddersfield, New York and Belfast, broadcasts on BBC Radio 3 and Danish Radio, and recordings for NMC and Metier. He gave his concerto debut at the Royal Festival Hall with the Philharmonia Orchestra in May 2000.
He also performs on period instruments: he has played with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and has taken part in BBC TV drama-documentary series about Mozart and Beethoven; in the former he also acted the role of clarinettist Anton Stadler.