Emma's creative practice includes viola playing, bowmaking, teaching both music and Feldenkrais.  


British Violist Emma Alter is described by Paul McCreesh as 'one of the finest players of her generation,' and has been saluted by Music and Vision for her "beautifully rich tone, and an almost gypsy earthiness".

Emma's expertise spans renaissance extemporisation to the romantic works of Brahms and beyond.

She has been in demand since 1997, performing, touring and recording with early music ensembles in the UK.

See Performing for more information.


Whilst in Holland to concentrate further on period viola and viola d'amore at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam Emma began studying the craft of period bowmaking under the kind eye of Pieter Affourtit.

Since returning to the UK, she has built up a practice rehairing, making and restoring period and modern bows.

Emma balances making with playing, freelancing as a chamber and orchestral musician in London. This allows her access to both original bows kindly lent and owned by other players, and much feedback on her own creations.

Emma has been researching bows and bowing techniques as part of her bowmaking career. She is quietly becoming an expert in pre-Tourte bows, and has been consulted by various players on purchasing historical bows.

Further details at


Emma has been practising Feldenkrais since 2004, and became a Feldenkrais practitioner in 2015 after a four year European accredited training course.
She studied with Elizabeth Beringer, Scott Clark, David Zemach Bersin, Larry Goldfarb and Arlyn Zones amongst others.

She teaches evening classes and hands-on individual sessions.

Emma is on the board for the UK Feldenkrais Guild, and recently became vice-Secretary on the EuroTAB Council, the Governing body for the European Accreditation Board
See her Feldenkrais website for more details about her Feldenkrais practise.