Obituary: Violinist and violist Levine Andrade, co-founder of Arditti Quartet, 64

Posted on: November 26, 2018

“The Indian-born British violinist, violist, conductor and composer Levine Andrade died on the morning of 20 November, aged 64,” reads an unsigned Tuesday (11/20) obituary in The Strad. “He had been unwell for some time and was taken into hospital the previous evening…. Andrade was born in Bombay in 1954 and moved to England at the age of 9 where he joined the Menuhin School on scholarship … He was tutored by Yehudi Menuhin and Robert Masters and began a life-long interest in contemporary music following harmony and composition instruction from Nadia Boulanger and Margaret Hubicki…. [He formed] the Arditti Quartet with fellow students Irvine Arditti, Lennox Mackenzie and John Senter in 1974. The quartet gathered a host of international accolades, and was invited to every major festival and concert hall—and continues to this day with Arditti himself as the only remaining founding member. Andrade retired from the intense touring lifestyle of the quartet in 1990 … and maintained an active freelance career in London, as soloist, session and orchestral musician. He also founded the London Telefilmonic Orchestra to undertake film, television and commercial projects.” His wife, violinist Frances Andrade, predeceased him 2013; he leaves four children.

Posted November 26, 2018