Timisoara, Romania


Principal Viola

Since relocating to London in 2017, Alexandru Mihai Bota has been in high demand as guest principal with orchestras, such as the Aurora Orchestra, Britten Sinfonia, London Mozart Players, Academy of Ancient Music, English Chamber Orchestra and Philharmonia Orchestra. He enjoys the company of chamber music partners such as Tim Hughes, Benjamin Gilmore, Tom Gould, Guy Johnston, and Tom Poster, among others.

Since October 2018 with great joy, Alexandru has joined the Navarra String Quartet, touring internationally as well as in the UK, as well as planning two-CD recording together before the end of 2019.

As a soloist, Alexandru Mihai Bota has recently performed with the Philarmonic Banatul from Romania the concert piece by Enescu in a unique arrangement with a symphony orchestra. In the past years, soloist performances with Australian Chamber Orchestra, the Zurich Chamber Orchestra amongst others, in the Auditorio Nacional (Madrid), the Tonhalle (Zürich), the Kunst- und Kongresshaus (Luzern), the Sydney Opera House, and Melbourne Recital Centre.

Both violinist, Rainer Schmidt from Hagen Quartet and composer György Kurtag, marked strong influences on his musical understanding and approach to music scores. He had since had the opportunity to play in chamber groups with musicians including Thomas Zehetmair, Benjamin Schmid, Leonidas Kavakos and principal players of the Berliner Philarmonie, the Doric Quartet, and the Hagen Quartet. As a member of Mozart Quartet Salzburg, he toured around Europe performing complete Mozart quartets.

He became a member of Camerata Salzburg in 2007 as principal and co-principal viola touring with Sir Roger Norrington and Leonidas Kavakos. In 2007 he won the audition for the Principal Viola of the Zurich Chamber Orchestra. Alexandru was also associate principal viola with Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique and worked with conductors such as John Eliot Gardiner, Louis Langrée, Sir Roger Norrington, Philippe Herreweghe, Kent Nagano, Ingo Metzmacher, Heinz Holliger and Dennis Russell Davies.

In 2012 Alexandru Mihai Bota successfully auditioned for the Australian Chamber Orchestra and was appointed as a core member shortly after. He played as co-principal viola from 2012-2015 and acting principal viola 2015-2017 and had a significant role in curating chamber music programs and education. During his collaboration with the Australian Chamber Orchestra, Alexandru found an exceptional exemplary of a 1610 Gio Paolo Maggini viola which he used in concerts for two years, having to return it to the orchestra after relocating to the UK.

Alexandru Mihai Bota currently plays on a viola made by an unidentified English craftsman from 1830, a Hill&Sons modern bow 1910 and J.Dodd classical bow from 1820. His baroque viola is made by Jan Pawlikowski.