Thomas Bowes

is one of the UK’s finest violinists – as a soloist, chamber musician, concertmaster and artistic director. He is very active in the realm of cinema, and millions have heard him on the soundtracks of his numerous (180+) film credits. Bowes works closely with many of the most eminent of today’s film composers. In the concert hall his concerto appearances in the UK, Germany, and the United States have included highly praised performances of the concertos of Elgar, Britten, Szymanowski, and Walton.


Bowes’s recording of the complete Bach Sonatas and Partitas for solo violin, SEI SOLO, was released in 2018 on the Navona label to great critical acclaim. Laurence Vittes in Gramophone Magazine noted it was “deeply human…unusually communicative…a succession of miracles.” The recording was an outgrowth of an extensive “Bach Pilgrimage” undertaken in 2013, comprising 50 concerts in churches across mainland Britain and raising over £20,000 for various charities. His Bach Pilgrimage is now a feature of every season and future events will take him all over the world. In 2019, Bowes was given a “Sebastian Award” by the Ars Ante Portas Civic Association of Bratislava, Slovakia for his “Extraordinary contribution in maintaining public appreciation of the work of JS Bach.”


Between 1988 and 1993 he was the founding leader of the Maggini String Quartet and together with his wife, composer and pianist Eleanor Alberga, he formed the duo Double Exposure in 1995. The duo toured extensively with concerts and broadcasts in the United States and Europe and together they made a major tour of China in 1997, winning the hearts of their audiences wherever they played. They returned to China in November 2019.


Bowes is an enthusiastic champion of Alberga’s music and has given first performances of many of her works including her first violin concerto in 2000. A second concerto will be premiered in Wroclaw, Poland in 2020. Between 2003 and 2015 he was the Artistic Director of the Langvad Chamber Music Jamboree in Denmark. More recently, with Alberga, he founded the music festival “Arcadia” in north Herefordshire, England. From this festival the group “Ensemble Arcadiana” has been formed and, led by Bowes, they have recorded Alberga’s three string quartets as their debut album. The album was released in summer 2019 to great critical acclaim.


Central to Bowes’s ethos is fresh, authentic, and vibrant music making with special regard for local communities and their audiences.


Bowes is privileged to own and play a violin by one of the great Cremonese makers – a splendid 1659 Nicolo Amati.


photo Ben Ealovega




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