Sarah Aaronson OBE - Founder / Artistic Director
Sarah Aaronson was an infant prodigy and a virtuoso artist on piano accordion in her native South Africa, studying under Hirsch Ichilcheck, Court Musician to the last Tsar of Russia and at Witwatersrand University.
Sarah has appeared with many renowned conductors including Sir Malcolm Sargent and Yehudi Menuin and many distinguished orchestras. Equipped with a vast repertoire from classical to gypsy music, Sarah has performed for Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother, Prince and Princess Michael of Kent, the Queen of Jordan and Her Royal Highness the Princess Royal.
In addition to her solo appearances, Sarah devotes her time to raising funds for charitable causes with the London International Orchestra.
Sarah was awarded an OBE in 2011 for services to music and charity.
John Bradbury - Concert Master - Violinist
John Bradbury is a Fellow of the Royal Manchester College of Music where he studied with four eminent violinists: the concerto soloists Endre Wolf, Manoug Parikian and György Pauk, and finally with Alexandre Moskowsky of the Hungarian String Quartet.
Within a year of leaving College he was appointed Leader of the BBC Midland Light Orchestra which was then conducted by Gilbert Vinter. During this time he embarked upon the first of many broadcast recitals with his wife, the pianist Eira West, and also performed a wide range of solos with the orchestra.
He then transferred to the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra as their Leader combining duo, trio and quartet recitals with numerous concerto and solo performances before moving to London to lead the BBC Concert Orchestra.
In addition to guest leading for all the major London Symphony Orchestras John’s busy freelance schedule encompassed a great deal of commercial studio work including leading for all the James Bond movie soundtracks made since 1998. He was the founder leader of the Royal Philharmonic Pops Orchestra under the baton of Henry Mancini, and has toured extensively as leader for Dame Shirley Bassey, Lesley Garrett, Russell Watson and Andreas Bocelli. Equally fascinating was a year as Leader of Les Misérables at the Palace Theatre, London.
John was leader of the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra for the American and European tours of Star Wars in Concert. His ten year appointment in 1986 as Director of Johann Strauss Gala performances for Raymond Gubbay Ltd was especially rewarding, and John’s expertise in this multitalented form of entertainment is now well-known through the many exciting and highly acclaimed concerts he has presented throughout the UK and abroad. John is also a regular Leader and Conductor with the Brighton Philharmonic Orchestra.
Caryn Cohen - Principal Violinist
Caryn studied at the Royal Academy of Music with Jean Harvey and Lydia Mordkovitch. There she formed the Regent Quartet. The group won the Academy’s coveted JB McEwan prize for best quartet. Caryn also won the JC Wyse prize for violin performance.
The Regent quartet has gone on to have a busy concert schedule, recently including performances at the Brighton Festival, Cambridge Corn Exchange Theatre, Girdlers Hall, The National Portrait Gallery and Eton College Chapel. The quartet recently performed the London premier of Jeanne-Zaidel Rudolph’s piece Masada at Senate House.
Caryn has performed Mendelssohn, Bruch and Bach concertos with the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra and Tchaikovsky’s Meditation with the London International Orchestra. She currently divides her time between freelance orchestral work, recording sessions, quartet engagements and teaching.
Caryn is committed to Chamber Music education, coaching groups at South Hampstead High School and University College School. Her pupils have won numerous prizes including several opportunities to perform at the Wigmore Hall.
Roman Broide - Principal Cellist
Roman Broide was born in Moscow, Russia, and graduated with honours from the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatoire. He was Principal Cellist in the Moscow Opera House Orchestra and performed in Russia and abroad. Roman also taught in the famous Gnessin Institute.
In 1996 Roman came to London and soon after became the Principal Cellist of the North West London Orchestra, now the London International Orchestra. He also teaches extensively and performs regularly in the UK as a soloist and chamber music player.
John Bakewell - Principal Double Bass
John Bakewell studied music at the Royal Manchester College of Music and played regularly with the Halle Orchestra under Sir John Barbirolli and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra under John Pritchard.
In 1963 John became a member of the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House and as Principal Double Bass worked with major conductors such as Sir Georg Solti, Bernard Haitink, Sir Colin Davis and Zubin Mehta.
John was Professor of Double Bass at Trinity College for over 20 years.
Ian Herbert - Principal Clarinet
Ian Herbert studied clarinet at the Royal Academy of Music and was Principal Clarinet of the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House from 1960 - 1995. His solo work includes a tour of Denmark with the Apollo Chamber Orchestra and he has also performed with the BBC Concert Orchestra, City of London Sinfonia and the Royal Ballet Sinfonia.
Ian's performance of Jim Parker's Clarinet Concerto was released on CD by Meridian Records. Ian's orchestral work also includes Sadler's Wells Opera, Ballet Rambert, Festival Ballet, London Symphony Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Philharmonia, BBC Revue Orchestra and the BBC Light Music Unit.
Ian was appointed a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Music in 1998.
Graham Salter - Principal Oboe
Graham Salter is one of Britain's most experienced and sought-after players. He has been Principal Oboe with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra and played Cor Anglais with the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House and many other major orchestras including the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the Academy of St Martin-in-the-Fields, London Philharmonic Orchestra and English National Opera.
Graham has broadcast frequently for the BBC and his Oboe Quartet has commissioned works by Richard Rodney Bennett.
Tristan Fry - Principal Percussion
Tristan studied at the Royal Academy of Music and began his professional career at the age of 17 with the London Philharmonic Orchestra.
He was a founder member of a number of ensembles, including The Nash Ensemble, Fires of London and the London Sinfonietta.
In Tristan’s long and varied career he has worked as a session musician across all genres of music from The Beatles (Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Heart’s Club Band) and The Rolling Stones to the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields Orchestra by way of Elton John, Dusty Springfield, Frank Sinatra, John Dankworth and Count Basie, Tristan has also worked on TV and film scores such as Dr Who and Harry Potter.
From 1979 - 1995 Tristan was the drummer with the successful progressive rock group Sky. In more recent years Tristan has played on the London Symphony Orchestra's Symphony Rock British Invasion and American Classics volumes and could be seen playing timpani at the Royal Wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton in 2011.
The London International Orchestra has also featured the following guest artists:
- Lesley Garrett CBE - Soprano
- Bonaventura Bottone - Tenor
- James Edwards – Tenor
- Sarah Fox - Soprano
- Tom Gould - Violin
- Sasha Grynyuk - Piano
- Jason Howard - Baritone
- Leah-Marian Jones - Mezzo Sprano
- David Kempster - Baritone
- Jesús León - Tenor
- Njabulo Madlala – Baritone
- Pumeza Matshikiza - Soprano
- Rhys Meirion - Tenor
- Laura Mitchell - Soprano
- Vuyani Mlinde - Bass
- Gail Pearson - Soprano
- Vassily Savenko - Bass Baritone
- Victoria Simmonds - Mezzo-Soprano
- Vasko Vassilev – Violin
- Andriy Viytovich – Viola