Alexandru-Mihai Bota was born in Timisoara, Romania. He began studying music at the age five and the violin at age six. At twelve, he moved to viola, coached by his father Ionel Bota. For the next four years he was awarded consecutive 1st Prizes in the Romanian annual National Music Competition.
Alexandru has since performed chamber music with Lukas Hagen, Clemens Hagen, Radovan Vlatkovic, Gérard Caussé, Benjamin Schmid and Michael Martin Kofler. Whilst studying in Salzburg, he joined the Salzburg Mozart Quartet, and then in 2008 he co-founded the Kilviria Quartet which was invited to perform at the Salzburg Dialoge and Klangspuren Schwaz festivals. As part of Kilviria Quartet, Bota premiered Sergej Newski's opera Franziskus.
In 2013, Alexandru moved to Australia to join the ACO as a full time violist, having toured extensively with the Orchestra in Europe, the USA and Hong Kong in 2012.
He is particularly interested in old music, having studied with Jordi Savall and Reinhard Goebel whose passion for Baroque repertoire enriched his experience performing on period instruments in ensembles such as Salzburger Hofmusik. During this time, Bota partnered with James Munro, Veronika Skuplik, Wolfgang Brunner, Florian Birsak and Veronika Kroener among others. As a member of Capella Duna Mobile, he often switched to violin, playing his own arrangements and improvisations of Baroque dance.
In the field of new music, Alexandru has collaborated with Sofia Gubaidulina, Beat Furrer and Luciano Berio, and performed with the Oesterreichisches Ensemble fuer Neue Musik under Johannes Kalitzke. In 2009 he performed György Kurtág’s trio Hommage à R. Sch. at the Aix-en-Provence Festival, which was broadcast on Arte TV.
Bota has been a member of Camerata Salzburg, was invited to lead the viola section of the Zürcher Kammerorchester and held the position of co-principal viola as an invited guest in the Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique under the leadership of Sir John Eliot Gardiner.
Alexandru loves to play jazz and other experimental forms of improvised music. Since he was 14, he has regularly performed jazz and experimental improvised music with various groups in jazz concerts and European festivals.
Chair sponsored by Philip Bacon AM.