Karen Jones is equally well known as concerto soloist, chamber musician, recording artist, teacher and orchestral player, and is in constant demand by composers and conductors alike. She is the fifth generation of a family of professional musicians and was a member of the European Community Youth Orchestra by the age of 15. Subsequent successes include winning the woodwind section of the BBC TV competition Young Musician of the Year, and later the Gold Medal for the Shell/London Symphony Orchestra prize. She studied in London and Vienna before winning a Harkness Fellowship and Fulbright scholarship to continue her studies in New York City. Whilst completing her studies there, she was appointed principal flute of the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, a post she held for five years before returning to London to pursue her diverse career. Since then, she has been in the greatest demand as guest principal flute with all London’s top orchestras and ensembles, including the London Philharmonic Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, Philharmonia and London Sinfonietta. She has also played with the World Orchestra for Peace and was thrilled to be invited to play at the royal weddings of both Prince William and Prince Harry. She is principal flute of the London Chamber Orchestra and the City of London Sinfonia. However, you are most likely to have heard Karen on a film soundtrack as she has recorded over 500 movies, many at London’s legendary Abbey Road Studios. Previously having held teaching posts at Royal Northern College of Music and Trinity College of Music, Karen was appointed flute professor at the Royal Academy of London in 2004. As one of the UK’s leading teachers, is constantly invited to give masterclasses all over the world. Karen Jones plays exclusively ALTUS flutes.
Summer 2021, Karen awarded Honorary Membership of the Royal Academy of Music, London.
This may be conferred only upon “distinguished musicians who were not students at the Academy. Honorary Membership is limited to 300 living persons. Other musicians who have received this honour include Mendelssohn, Liszt, Stravinsky, Casals and Dame Sarah Connolly."