2017 Musicians & FellowsAlexander MacDonald

At age eleven, Alex MacDonald was told he needed to upgrade his 3/4 size violin. He decided that biggest was best so bought a viola, and hasn't looked back since.

As recent graduate of the University of Auckland and freelancer Alex is now embarking on a Masters delving into the relationships between composer and performer in the context of solo viola works. 

In 2013 he founded the Rothko Quartet and won the ROSL/Pettman scholarship which saw them tour Europe. A highlight of the tour was presenting five concerts of different music in five days at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Since then he is in demand internationally as a violist, a highlight of which is the Lucerne Festival Academy 2017.

Alex is also passionate about cooking and fresh produce from Melbourne's markets.

Student Beneficiary Support provided by the Bokhara Foundation via the Georgina Grosvenor Scholarship
Image by Pia Johnson

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