AUSTA Performance Artists Register
John Ma is a Violinist/Violist and Viola d’amore player specialising in Early Music. He has
performed 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 Pinchgut Opera, Australian Brandenburg Orchestra,
Australian Haydn Ensemble, Canberra Symphony Orchestra, Salut!, Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra,
Orchestra Victoria, and Sinfonia Australis.
As a teacher and ensemble leader, he is keen to have his students seek a balance between
technique and exploration. A robust technique by itself is meaningless if it does not form the basis for a
playful exploration and communication with colleagues and the audience.
John is an avid gamer and tech-nerd, he retains an interest in scientific developments and tries
to stay up to date with the latest news and advances from his previous studies. He currently plays on a
Duke violin from 1770