Alfonso Leal del Ojo grew up and received his initial training in Seville. In 1998 he moved to London where he studied at the Guildhall School of Music and the Royal Academy of Music where he specialized in period instrument performance.
He has been principal viola of The English Concert since 2006 and tours extensively with them throughout Europe, East Asia and North America. In addition to his work with The English Concert, Alfonso is much in demand with other European ensembles, frequently appearing as a soloist or guest principal.
Participating on numerous recordings, many of them award-winning, his recent recording of Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 6 with the Dunedin Consort was selected as both Gramophone Editor’s Choice and Classic FM album of the week.
Chamber music remains an important part of his life and often collaborates with Trevor Pinnock, Rachel Podger and many other fine musicians.
He plays on a fine English viola by Edward Lewis (1687).