Rebecca Saunders - Leader
Rebecca began learning the violin at the age of four and won a specialist music scholarship to Wells Cathedral School three years later. She subsequently studied at the Junior Department at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama where she was leader of the Junior Guildhall String Ensemble, winner of the Principal's Prize, and a finalist in the Lutine Prize competition. She also performed with the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain and the National Youth Chamber Orchestra.
Rebecca studied Economics at Cambridge University, where she led Cambridge University Chamber Orchestra and performed Wieniawski's Concerto No. 1 with Cambridge University Symphony Orchestra. Following university, joined Orchestra of the City as a founder member and co-Leader.
In 2006, Rebecca moved to New York to pursue an MBA at Columbia University and became Principal Second Violin in the Musica Bella Orchestra of New York, with whom she performed the Bruch Violin Concerto. She has been the leader of Orchestra of the City since returning to London in 2008. Rebecca works as a retail consultant and is a Trustee of Orchestras Live.