Ala Jojatu joined the Boston Symphony Orchestra's violin section at the start of the 2011-12 season. Ala was a regular extra player with the Boston Symphony and Boston Pops Orchestras, and she has also performed with the Philadelphia Orchestra, New World Symphony, Boston Lyric Opera, New England String Ensemble, Portland (Maine) Symphony, and as concertmaster of the Indian Hill Orchestra. Born in Moldova, Ala began her Bachelor of Music degree at the Bucharest National University of Music, where she studied with Stefan Gheorghiu, and then finished it as a full scholarship student at the Boston Conservatory, studying with Lynn Chang and former BSO principal second violin Marylou Speaker Churchill. She completed her Master of Music degree as a student of BSO concertmaster Malcolm Lowe at Boston University. Ala was a Tanglewood Music Center fellow in 2000 and 2001. She has won numerous competitions, resulting in performances of the Sibelius violin concerto with the Moldova National Orchestra, and the Berg violin concerto with the Boston Conservatory Orchestra. Ala and her husband, BSO cellist Mihail Jojatu, are the proud parents of Maria Luiza and Gabriel Valentin.