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Royal Northern Sinfonia - Iona Brown

Principal, 1st Violin


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Iona joined Royal Northern Sinfonia first violin section in 1995 and is currently Principal First Violin. She has appeared with the Sinfonia as soloist, leader, and performs regularly in the Chamber ensemble.

Born in Manchester, Iona won a scholarship to the Royal Northern College of Music studying with Dr Christopher Rowland and Wen Zhou Li. She won many violin and chamber music awards, also the Hiles medal for orchestra playing.

In 1993 Iona joined the Manchester Camerata as principal first violin, also playing in the Camerata Chamber Ensemble and as soloist in Bach’s double violin concerto. Iona was also a member of the contemporary music ensemble Psappha, with whom she performed live on Radio 3.

Iona has performed with many outstanding musicians, including a recent series of recitals with Marco Rizzi, Bruno Pasquier, Gary Hoffman and Jean Bernard Pommier. She is guest leader of the Durham Sinfonia and has played as soloist in Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante.