Manon Derome was born in Montreal and started the violin at the age of four. Eight years later she entered the Conservatoire de Musique de Montreal, where she gained her Premiere Prix de Musique de Chambre in 1982 and won the violin prize in 1984. Two years later, 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 Academy of St Martin in the Fields and the Britten Sinfonia. She is now the co-leader of the London Chamber Orchestra and also works with The Chamber Orchestra of Europe, in addition to recording music for film and television.
In 2009 Manon Derome formed the Zoffany Ensemble, which has a large classical and romantic repertoire. She plays on a Matteo Goffriller dated 1696 and is married to cellist Anthony Pleeth with whom she has three children.
Photo: Andy Barker