Tara Persaud – Leader

Tara Persaud began studying traditional Irish folk music on the violin at the age of six, before taking up classical studies a year later. She attended Royal Holloway, University of London, where she read German and Music (BA Hons) and then German Culture (MA), and where she also led all of the university ensembles and performed several solo recitals.

She was a member of a number of youth orchestras including the London Schools’ Symphony Orchestra, Young Musicians’ Symphony Orchestra, the London Philharmonic Youth Orchestra, and the Britten-Pears Orchestra, and has performed with conductors such as Sir Simon Rattle, Meredith Davies, Martyn Brabbins, Sir Charles Mackerras, Sir Neville Marriner, and Sir Colin Davis.

A keen chamber music performer, Tara has received masterclasses and coaching from Emanuel Hurwitz, Gabor Takács-Nagy and the Fitzwilliam String Quartet, and has performed at several international music festivals including Dartington, Minehead, Aldeburgh, Pontecultura Corsica and Verbier.

As well as leading the Salomon Orchestra, Tara appears as guest leader for, and is a member of, many other amateur ensembles in London. She also works in the music industry, as the Senior Manager for A&R and Business Development at Warner Classics in London.