Edward Vanderspar began to play the viola at the age of ten and went on to study with Nannie Jamieson and Helen Dowling in London, and Max Rostal and Rudolf Barshai in Switzerland. Before joining the LSO in 1991, Edward was a member of the Hurwitz Piano Quartet and the Amphian String Quartet, and played as Principal Viola with a number of London orchestras.
With the LSO, Edward has performed Don Quixote with Mstislav Rostropovich and Moray Welsh, and has taken part in many chamber music concerts with distinguished guest artists. Edward plays a viola made by the Italian master Antonio Brenzi in 1628. The instrument was bought for the LSO for Edward to play for the rest of his life, thanks to a generous grant from the Foundation for Sports and the Arts.