The violinist Nona Liddell died two days ago. She was 89
As founder and leader of the London Sinfonietta from 1970 to 1994, Nona was a champion of living composers, the more obtuse and unplayable the better. She was a pillar of musical life on the South Bank, a frequent soloist and a strong character, hidden behind an extremely private persona.
Before joining the Sinfonietta, she was leader of the English String Quartet for 16 years. She also taught at the Royal Academy of Music.
Her husband, the Philharmonia violinist Ivor McMahon, died in 1972. They are survived by a daughter.
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