Tamaki Kawakubo violin -violin
Violinist Tamaki Kawakubo, a formidable artist possessing a masterful technique and a tone that “ranges from velvety soft to gripping drama” has been established to be a veteran of the concert stage.
She has performed with such leading orchestras as the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Rochester Philharmonic, Naples Philharmonic and the Detroit,Houston, Forth Worth, Cincinnati, Toledo,Quebec, Baltimore, New York Chamber, San Francisco, Syracuse, North Carolina, Greensboro, Tucson, San Diego, Tacoma, Spokane,Honolulu and Winnipeg Symphonies.
After a highly successful collaboration with Michael Tilson Thomas and the New World Symphony in 2001-02, Miss Kawakubo began her 2002-03 season in the United States with the San Francisco Symphony and Michael Tilson Thomas in its opening concerts. She also returned to the El Paso and Colonial (NJ) symphonies and collaborated with Larry Rachieff and Symphony II in Chicago. Other engagements include performances with the Berlin Sinfonie Orchestra under E. Inbal and the MDR Sinfonie Orchestra under Fabio Luisi.
In 2002 , she was awarded Silver Medal at the International Tchaikovsky Competition and the was the first-prize winner of the 2001 Pablo Sarasate International Violin Competition.
She also performed numerous recitals in Spain, Germany, Lithuania, Sweden, Russia and Japan.
In recent years, Tamaki has been performing in Japan having appeared with leading orchestras such as Yomiuri Symphony, Tokyo Symphony, Kanazawa Ensemble amongst others.
In 2003, Miss Kawakubo`s debut CD of concertos by Mendelssohn and Tchaikovsky was released by Avex Classics. Other CD`s released by Avex Classics include Vivaldi`s Four Seasons with Kioi Sinfonietta, `Recital!` with pianist Itamar Golan,`Franck and Prokofiev`in 2011 which was a live a recording at The Kennedy Center and her newest CD released in 2015 titled `Encore` with pianist Akira Eguchi.
In addition to her career as a soloist, her passion for chamber music has taken her to have oppurtunities to perform in various Music Festivals around the globe. Highlights include the
Jerusalem Festival and the Argerich Festival in Beppu. This passion has also led her to produce the Evermay Chamber Music Festival that took place over 3 years in Washington DC tying musicians from Europe and the United States.
Winner of a 1997 Avery Fisher Grant, Miss Kawakubo began her violin studies at the age of five in Los Angeles. She studied with Robert Lipsett at the R.D. Colburn school of Performing Arts in Los Angeles and with Dorothy Delay and Masao Kawasaki at the Julliard School. She completed her studies with Zakhar Bron at the Hochschule for Music in Zurich.
Miss Kawakubo plays on an instrument kindly on loan from the Ryuji Ueno Foundation.