Alinka Rowe, viola

Alinka Rowe: Soloist Winter 2016 (viola)

Alinka Rowe, 17, started playing the viola at an early age and is already developing a varied career. She is currently studying with Rachel Roberts and has played in public masterclasses for Lawrence Power and Tabea Zimmermann. At the age of 15 she was appointed principal viola of the National Youth Orchestra, a post which she held for two years. During that time, she gave several performances at the BBC Proms, Royal Festival Hall and the Barbican, and performed Mahler’s 9th Symphony in Berlin under Sir Mark Elder.

Alinka is also a passionate chamber musician. She is a regular participant at Musicworks and is also a member of the Mizuta String Trio. The trio was formed three years ago at the junior department of the Royal Academy of Music, and has since won the Junior Royal Academy chamber music prize and the Senior Pro Corda chamber music prize. The group has performed at St John’s Smith Square, the Hollywell music room in Oxford and live on BBC Radio 3. The trio’s next performance will be on 5th February at Clapham Omnibus ( As a soloist Alinka looks forward to performing York Bowen’s viola concerto with the Alleyn’s School Orchestra at St John’s Smith Square in May.

Last updated December 2016

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