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Belinda Broughton

Concertmaster / Violinist
Belinda Broughton began performing violin concertos as a child with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra. At the age of 12, she performed the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto for Queen Elizabeth II at a Royal Command performance in New Zealand. At 18, having moved to London three years earlier to study, she joined the 1st Violins of the London Philharmonic Orchestra (LPO), the youngest person to do so. The following year she played with the London Symphony Orchestra (and also recorded the score to the original “Star Wars”). By the age of 22 she had worked as concertmaster with the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, English National Opera, BBC Concert Orchestra, London Concert Orchestra and had been guest assistant concertmaster with the BBC Symphony Orchestra. From 1982, when she left the LPO, she worked as a freelance musician, primarily recording music for films, television, jingles and records in London. In 1997, she married composer Bruce Broughton and moved to Los Angeles with her two sons. Since that time she has worked principally in the film, TV and record media, and often as concertmaster. Belinda has worked with composers like John Williams, Henry Mancini, Elmer Bernstein, Michael Kamen, James Horner or James Newton Howard, often as their concertmaster. Belinda also has a long history of recording with some of the world’s most famous arrangers, bands and vocal artists like Paul McCartney, Ella Fitzgerald, Shirley Bassey, Michael Jackson, Prince, Madonna, U2, and Depeche Mode. Belinda is also adept at and requested for playing various ethnic styles of violin.

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