Saluted by Music and Vision for her "beautifully rich tone, and an almost gypsy earthiness", violist Emma Alter is described by Paul McCreesh as 'one of the finest players of her generation.'
After completing her first degree on modern viola at the Royal Northern College of Music, Emma turned to early music and studied with Andrew Manze at the Royal College of Music and Lucy van Dael at the Amsterdamse Hogeschool voor de Kunsten.
During her time in Holland, Emma also learned the craft of period bowmaking under the guiding eye of Dutch bowmaker Pieter Affourtit.
Emma now freelances playing chamber and orchestral music. She is a regular member of Gabrieli Consort and Players, the Academy of Ancient Music, and has played with many groups in the U.K. and beyond, including the English Baroque Soloists, the Sixteen, Collegium Musicum 90, Hanover Band, Concerto Copenhagen, Les Talens Lyriques, Le Cercle de l'Harmonie, De Nederlandse Bachvereniging, Aradia Ensemble and Texas Baroque.
Emma is currently principal viola with Collegium Musicum 90, and has taken principal roles with the Gabrieli Consort and Players, the Academy of Ancient Music and Opera 2001 Cork. She is a keen player of the viola d'amore.
Emma combines her playing career with making bows and leather mutes for string instruments, and has made bows for members of all of the top British period orchestras. When not playing, teaching, or bowmaking, Emma enjoys klezmer and all things crafty.