Imogen East started playing the violin at the age of 6 and won an exhibition to the RCM Junior Department aged 11. When she joined the local youth orchestra the same year, the first piece she played was Tchaikovsky’s fourth symphony and she realised that this was the excitement she wanted for life – being part of a huge musical experience that is playing in a symphony orchestra!
On entering the RCM full time, Imogen studied with John Ludlow and latterly, Rodney Friend and Hugh Bean. During her time at the RCM, she led three of the four College orchestras and her ambition was always to pursue an orchestral career.
Imogen secured a job in the BBC Symphony Orchestra during her fourth year of study and on leaving the RCM, was awarded the Tagore Gold medal for the most outstanding student of the year. Four years later she became the youngest member of the Philharmonia, where she played for 30 years in venues across the globe and with many of the world’s finest conductors and soloists.
Since leaving in 2017, Imogen has pursued a very busy and varied freelance career orchestrally mainly in London, but also playing in guest principal positions in Birmingham, Cardiff, Bournemouth, Newcastle, and Liverpool. She also joined the Oxford Philharmonic after being offered a Principal first violin position in 2018.