photo: Ben Ealovega

"an imaginative violinist"

American Record Guide

"Bowes retains the upbeat and energetic nature of the compositions, and his meticulous execution makes every second here worth spending plenty of quality time with."

Take Effect

“refined and elegantly poised.”

BBC Music Magazine

Thomas Bowes is one of the United Kingdom’s finest violinists. He is very active in the realm of cinema, and millions have heard him on the soundtracks of his 200+ film credits. Most recently he was featured as the solo violinist in Alexandre Desplat’s score for Guillermo del Toro’s award-winning stop-motion film Pinocchio.

His concerto appearances in Europe and the United States have included highly-praised performances of concertos by Elgar, Britten, Szymanowski, Walton, and Eleanor Alberga.

Bowes’s recording of the complete Bach Sonatas and Partitas was released in 2018 on the Navona label to great critical acclaim. Laurence Vittes in Gramophone Magazine called it “deeply human…unusually communicative…a succession of miracles.”  His “Bach Pilgrimage” is now a regular feature of his concerts. In 2019 Bowes received a Sebastian Award from the Ars Ante Portas Civic Association of Bratislava, Slovakia for his “Extraordinary contribution in maintaining public appreciation of the work of JS Bach.”

Navona also released Bowes’s recording of the complete Ysaye solo Sonatas in 2020. Critics noted a rare depth of interpretation and characterization. The recording was nominated for the solo instrumental category of the International Classical Music Awards. A recording of the complete Telemann Fantasias for solo violin was released on the Navona label in October 2021 and has already achieved over 300,000 plays on digital platforms.

Most recently he is developing a touring show on the extraordinary life of Niccolò Paganini. It will be based around performances of his hair-raising Caprices for solo violin.

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

Bowes had been a constant advocate of Alberga’s music and has given first performances and made recordings of many of her works including her two violin concertos.

Between 2003 and 2015 he was the Artistic Director of the Langvad Chamber Music Jamboree in Denmark. In 2010, with Alberga, he founded the music festival Arcadia in north Herefordshire, England.  

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


Walton & Barber album cover

Walton & Barber

Release Date: July 14, 2023
Catalog Number: NV6530
20th Century
WALTON & BARBER from famed British violinist Thomas Bowes celebrates the works of two early 20th century composers, William Walton and Samuel Barber. The album includes Walton’s Concerto for Violin and Orchestra and Two Pieces for Strings from Henry V, as well as Barber’s Concerto for Violin and Orchestra op. 14 and the touchstone Adagio for Strings op. 11. Throughout the album, Bowes’ breathtaking virtuosity is on full display. His playing, which has been characterized by Gramophone Magazine as “deeply human” and “unusually communicative,” teases out subtleties and rises to the challenge of the most technically-demanding passages. With the violin at centerstage, WALTON & BARBER brings the full power of the orchestra to bear.

Telemann Fantasias

Release Date: October 22, 2021
Catalog Number: NV6378
Solo Instrumental
Pondering the Baroque violin repertoire, one would be forgiven to think of Johann Sebastian Bach’s works and little else. Acclaimed English violinist Thomas Bowes courageously sets out to change this preconceived notion with TELEMANN FANTASIAS, a rare and remarkable full performance of all of Georg Philipp Telemann’s solo violin fantasias.

Wild Blue Yonder

Release Date: April 23, 2021
Catalog Number: NV6346
20th Century
21st Century
Eleanor Alberga explores the whole gamut of the human experience in  WILD BLUE YONDER, an equally diverse and coherent set of four contemporary chamber music pieces. While written over the course of twenty-two years, these pieces burst the limits of both space and time. No-Man’s-Land Lullaby reaches back over a century to World War I; Shining Gate of Morpheus enters the realm of the mystical; Succubus Moon explores the dark sides of the  human psyche; and The Wild Blue Yonder offers a glimpse into a world that is at once alien and  wonderful. Undauntedly, positively unsettling album; perfect listening for these unsettling times and a worthy addition to the much hailed album of Alberga's three string quartets from 2019.

Six Sonatas for Solo Violin

Release Date: April 10, 2020
Catalog Number: NV6281
Solo Instrumental
Acclaimed English violinist Thomas Bowes seems to have a penchant for thoroughness and completion. Known and praised for his complete recording of all J. S. Bach’s sonatas and partitas, the European virtuoso has now taken it upon himself to embark on another quest for totality. This time, it is the six sonatas by Belgian violinist Eugène Ysaÿe (1858-1931), presented on Bowes' new album, EUGÈNE YSAŸE: SIX SONATAS FOR SOLO VIOLIN. As one would expect from Bowes, they are played to passionate perfection.

String Quartets 1, 2, & 3

Release Date: June 14, 2019
Catalog Number: NV6234
20th Century
21st Century
String Quartet
With her richly diverse background and commissions from the BBC Proms and The Royal Opera, one would expect that composer Eleanor Alberga’s Navona Records release would be nothing short of a showstopper. It is just that and more. The three pieces on her STRING QUARTETS 1, 2 & 3 offer a penetrating view into Alberga’s creative genius. The album pulls the absolute best from the gifted Ensemble Arcadiana.

Sei Solo

Release Date: June 8, 2018
Catalog Number: NV6159
Solo Instrumental
Thomas Bowes' SEI SOLO shines the spotlight on the sonatas and partitas for solo violin composed by Johann Sebastian Bach in 1720. Bowes believes that these six stand-alone compositions, while each individually offering insight into Bach's genius reveal more when taken as one epic work - and especially when set against the tragedy in Bach’s life in the year of composition.