Alexander McFarlane

Alexander McFarlane, viola (Auckland, New Zealand) is Associate Principal Viola with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, with which he has also performed as a soloist. He has performed internationally in venues including the Wigmore Hall, the Barbican Hall, the Musikverein in Vienna and the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam. As a chamber musician, Alex has collaborated with artists such as Janine Jansen, Bruno Delepelaire, and the Doric String Quartet, and performed in festivals including “At the World’s Edge” Festival, the “Mendelssohn on Mull” Festival, and “Musique à Marsac” in France. Competition success includes winning the 2018 Lorna Viol Memorial Prize and ROSL Trophy for the most Outstanding Musician from Overseas at the ROSL Annual Music Competition, and in 2017 the First Prize and the Bach Prize at the Gisborne International Music Competition. Alex received his Master’s degree and Artist Diploma under the tutelage of Professor David Takeno at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, and has also played in masterclasses to artists including Tabea Zimmermann, Lars Anders Tomter, and András Keller. In addition to playing with the NZSO, Alex has performed with the London Symphony Orchestra, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, and the Australian Chamber Orchestra. Previous Yellow Barn musician (2022)