Principal Violin 2
Joan Atherton was born into a musical family and studied at the Royal College of Music with Felix Kok, where she was awarded a number of major prizes, including the prestigious Tagore Gold Medal. She graduated with distinction and a Vaughan Williams Trust scholarship enabled her to further her studies with Manoug Parikian.
Since 1970, Joan has been a principal player with the London Sinfonietta, with whom she has performed countless world premieres, both as a soloist and ensemble member. She is also in demand as an orchestral leader, enjoys teaching and accompanying her students, and has given masterclasses in the UK, Sweden and Armenia. She sings regularly with the choir of St Jude-on-the-Hill and plays on a Mantegatia violin made in Milan, 1764.