Emanuela Buta is Sub-Principal First Violin of the Oxford Philharmonic. Born in Romania, Emanuela studied at the Royal Northern College of Music and the Royal Academy of Music under Maurice Hasson and Philippe Graffin, and won the Doris Faulkener Solo Violin Award and the honorary Diploma of RAM. At 7, Emanuela performed solo with the Arad Philharmonic Orchestra in Romania, and won the National Romanian Solo competitions between 1999-2001. She has made television appearances with the Myrios Quartet, and has toured Europe, Middle East and Far East both as a soloist and chamber musician as part of Femusa ensemble and on several occasions has lead Sinfonia Cymru. In 2005, Emanuela won the National Youth String Quartet Competition as a member of the Azzura String Quartet. As part of the Myrios Quartet, she has performed at festivals including the Soviet Chamber, Slav, Windsor, Swaledale and Norfolk & Norwich. She was invited by the conductor Gianandrea Noseda to play in his Settimane Musicale orchestra in Stresa, Italy in 2006 and 2008. Emanuela coaches chamber music at Junior Guildhall and Pro Corda and enjoys a busy freelance career internationally and in London working with the Philharmonia, BBC Concert and Royal Philharmonic orchestras.