Brown, Iona esteemed English violinist and conductor; b. Salisbury, Wiltshire, Jan. 7, 1941. She studied violin as a child. In 1955 she joined the National Youth Orch. of Great Britain, remaining its member for 5 years. She also studied with Hugh Maguire in London, Remy Principe in Rome, and Henryk Szeryng in Paris and Nice. From 1963 to 1966 she played in the Philharmonia Orch. of London. In 1964 she joined the Academy of St. Martin-in- the-Fields, and served as its director from 1974. In 1980 she was named music director of the Norwegian Chamber Orch. in Oslo. She also was music advisor (1986–87) and music director (1987–92) of the Los Angeles Chamber Orch., and music director of the Sonderjyllands Sym. Orch. in Sonderborg (from 1997). She was made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire in 1986.
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