Judith Busbridge graduated in Music from Birmingham University and completed her viola studies with Thomas Riebl in Salzburg, where she was Solo violist in the Camerata Academica under the directorship of Sándor Végh, a position she held for five years.
In September 2013 Judith joined the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden as one of their Principal violas. She has a busy schedule playing for the Opera season as well as for the Royal Ballet.
As a former member of two multi-award-winning chamber music ensembles; the Dante String Quartet and Ensemble 360, Judith has performed at major concert halls and festivals throughout the UK and Europe, regularly broadcasting on BBC Radio 3 and winning the prestigious Royal Philharmonic Society Award for Chamber Music both in 2007 and 2013.
Her varied freelance career includes being Principal viola in the London Mozart Players as well as playing guest principal viola with the English Chamber Orchestra, the Philharmonia Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra and The Academy of St Martin in the Fields.
She is also Solo viola in John Eliot Gardiner’s Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique, which performs repertoire of nineteenth and early twentieth centuries on period instruments.