Iona Brown, OBE was a British violinist and conductor.
Elizabeth Iona Brown was born in Salisbury and attended Salisbury Cathedral School. Her parents, Antony and Fiona, were both musicians. Her brother Timothy is principal horn of the BBC Symphony Orchestra, her other brother Ian is a pianist and her sister Sally plays viola in the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra.
From 1963 to 1966, Brown played violin the Philharmonia Orchestra. In 1964, she joined the Academy of St Martin in the Fields, working her way up through the ranks to become concertmistress, solo violinist and director in 1974. She formally left the Academy in 1980, but continued to work with them for the rest of her life.
In 1981, she was appointed artistic director of the Norwegian Chamber Orchestra. The Norwegian royal family later awarded her the accolade Knight of First Class Order of Merit for her success with the NCO. She directed the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra from 1987 to 1992, and returned as its principal conductor from 1995 to 1997. From 1985 to 1989, she was guest director of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra.
January 7th, 1941 in Salisbury / Died: Jun 5th, 2004