John Ma



Viola d'amore

The Musician

John Ma is a Violinist/Violist and Viola d’amore player specialising in Early Music. He has
performed in various roles with groups around the world including Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra (NL), Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment (UK), Academia Montis Regalis (IT), Bach Collegium Japan (JP), Musica Poetica (NL), Apollo Ensemble (NL), Fantasticus (NL), New Collegium (NL), Collegium 1704 (CZ), Helsinki Baroque Orchestra (FIN), B'Rock (BG), Trondheim Baroque Orchestra (NOR).

In Australia, John has appeared with groups such as Pinchgut Opera, Australian Brandenburg
Orchestra, Australian Haydn Ensemble, Australian Bach Akademie, Australian Romantic and Classical Orchestra, Canberra Symphony Orchestra, Salut!, Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra Victoria, and Sinfonia Australis.

As a teacher and ensemble leader, he is keen to seek a balance between technique and
exploration. A robust technique is meaningless if it does not form the basis for a playful exploration and communication with colleagues and audience

The Person

John is an avid gamer, comic book reader, and tech-nerd. He retains an interest in scientific
and mathematical developments and tries to stay up to date with the latest news and advances related to his previous studies. He is now based in Canberra where he has decades of learning the finer points of gardening and vegetable growing ahead of him.