Manon Derome; violin
MANON DEROME was born in Montreal where she started the violin at the age of four. Whilst in her teens she entered the Conservatoire de Musique du Quebec in Montreal, where she gained her Premiere Prix de Musique de Chambre in 1982 and won the violin prize in 1984. Two years later, with the aid of a scholarship from the government of Quebec, she travelled to London for further studies with Rodney Friend.
Manon has recorded many programmes for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation and given recitals in the USA, Canada, Austria and England, making her Wigmore Hall debut in 1991. During the early years of her career she played for the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the Academy St Martin in the Fields and the Britten Sinfonia. She now works with the London Chamber Orchestra and the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, also recording music for Film and Television.
In the autumn of 2009 Manon Derome formed her own chamber group, the Zoffany Ensemble, which performs music by Mozart, Schubert, Schumann and Brahms, as well as works by more neglected composers of the period. She plays on a Matteo Goffriller of 1696 and is married to cellist Anthony Pleeth, with whom she has three children.