British violinist Keith Gurry, who played in the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (RPO) and was a longtime member of the BBC Symphony Orchestra, has died at the age of 66.

Born in London, he began his violin studies with Marta Eitler, before going to the Royal Academy of Music in 1964. He studied there with Ralph Holmes and, after winning the Bach and Beethoven Scholarship, he continued his studies with Sidney Griller.

Gurry joined the RPO in 1968 and served on its board of directors from 1973 to 1977. In 1978 he joined the BBC SO and combined orchestral work with recitals and chamber music performances. He retired from the orchestra in 2005.

Gurry's Francesco Guadagnini violin was stolen from his East London home in October 2011 and has not been recovered.