Thomas Bowes

Thomas Bowes

Tom is one of the UK’s finest violinists. He is very active in the realm of cinema, and millions have heard him on the soundtracks of his numerous (200+) film credits

Tom’s recording of the complete Bach Sonatas and Partitas was released in 2018 on the Navona label to great critical acclaim, with Laurence Vittes in Gramophone Magazine noting it was ‘deeply human…unusually communicative…a succession of miracles.’ His ‘Bach Pilgrimage’ is a feature of every season and future events will take him all over the world. In 2019 Tom 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’. 

His concerto appearances in the UK, Germany and the USA have included highly praised performances of concertos by Elgar, Britten, Szymanowski and Walton.  

Navona also released Tom’s recording of the complete Ysaÿe Solo Sonatas in 2020 and the complete Telemann Fantasias in 2021. Critics noted a depth of interpretation and characterisation. The Ysaÿe was nominated for the solo instrumental category of the International Classical Music Awards.

Between 1988 and 1993 Tom was the founding leader of the Maggini String Quartet and together with his wife, the composer and pianist Eleanor Alberga, formed the duo Double Exposure in 1995. The duo toured extensively with concerts and broadcasts in the USA 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. 

Tom had been a constant advocate of Alberga’s music and has given first performances of many of her works including her two violin concertos. A world premiere recording of both concertos was released on the Lyrita label in February 2022 with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, conducted by Joseph Swensen.  

Between 2003 and 2015 Tom was the Artistic Director of the Langvad Chamber Music Jamboree in Denmark. More recently, with Alberga, he founded the annual music festival ‘Arcadia’ in north Herefordshire, England.

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



Tom talking about the Bach d minor Chaconne for violin solo 
- Tom Bowes playing an extract from the Bach Chaconne: Binham Priory