Bio

Originally born in Tokyo, Akiko Hosoi started the violin at the age of three. After attending the Junior Department of the Toho Gakuen School of Music, she enrolled in the Purcell School of Music in London where she had been a recipient of many awards and scholarships including the British Government Music and Ballet Scholarship. While performing throughout the country, working with distinguished pianists such as Noriko Ogawa and Boris Berezovsky, as a solo recitalist and chamber musician, she has also toured throughout Finland, Malta, Russia and Japan. In 2006, she was awarded third-prize in the 4th Uralsk International Violin Competition in Kazakhstan, and performed with the West Kazakhstan Philharmonic Orchestra.

She has attended many festivals including Mozarteum Summer Music Academy, Encore School for Strings, Taos School of Music, Perlman Music Program Chamber Workshop and the Tanglewood Music Center. She has played in masterclasses for Ida Haendel, Gyorgy Pauk and Zakhar Bron, and as a chamber musician, has worked with Seymour Lipkin, Bonnie Hampton, Peter Salaff, Roger Tapping, Donald Weilerstein, and members of the Borromeo, Brentano, Cavani, Orion and Shanghai Quartets.

After earning her Bachelor of Music degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music, Akiko completed a Master of Music degree program at The Juilliard School under the tutelage of Ronald Copes. Her previous teachers include David Cerone, Maurice Hasson, Lydia Mordkovitch, Kazuki Sawa, and David Updegraff.

Currently residing in New York City, Akiko is a part of a number of ensembles such as the American Virtuosi and the Stratus Chamber Players, performing in venues all around Connecticut and New York as well as pursuing an orchestral career as a member of New Haven Symphony Orchestra and Binghamton Philharmonic. As an orchestral player, she has worked with numerous prestigious conductors such as Herbert Blomstedt, William Boughton, Bernard Haitink, James Levine, Fabio Luisi and Kurt Masur.

Always trying to inspire the younger generation, Akiko is in high demand as a violin instructor. As well as teaching privately in New York City, she has been an active member of the Nesin Cultural Arts, a cultural awareness cultivating organization in New York Sullivan County, where she is a violin and chamber music faculty of the Summer Institute and co-founder of Sullivan County Strings.

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EDUCATION

The Julliard School, Master of Music, 2010
Cleveland Institute of Music, Bachelor of Music, 2008

PRINCIPAL TEACHERS

Private Instructors: David Cerone, Ronald Copes, Maurice Hasson, Lydia Mordkovitch, Kazuki Sawa, David Updegraff
Conductors: Herbert Blomstedt, William Boughton, Bernard Heitink, Fabio Luisi, James Levine, Kurt Masur
Masterclasses: Zakhar Bron, David Chan, Victor Danchenko, Sylvie Gazeau, Ida Haendel, Nam Yun Kim, Robert McDonald, Gyorgy Pauk, Stephen Rose, Eduard Schmieder, Christian Tetzlaff, Donald Weilerstein

PERFORMANCE EXPERIENCE

ORCHESTRA

New Haven Symphony Orchestra (present member, first violin)
Binghamton Symphony Orchestra (present member, first violin)
Albany Symphony Orchestra (substitute)
Ashland Symphony Orchestra
Akron Symphony Orchestra, substitute

ORCHESTRA

West Kazakhstan Philharmonic Orchestra, Mozart: Concerto No. 3 in G
Ludwig Symphony Orchestra, Saint-Saens: Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso
Benefit for March 11 Earthquake in Japan “The Four Seasons ” New York City, USA
Gala Concert for Singer Sergei Leiferkus, with Pianist Boris Berezovsky in Oxford and London, UK
Russian Eastern Weekend Series in Royal Festival Hall, London UK
Lunchtime Recital at Leeds Town Hall with Pianist Noriko Ogawa
Soroptimist International of Lewisham, Concert Series for Street Children, London, UK
Welsh National Exchange Concert, London, UK
Solo recital at Kawai Concert Salon “Pause” Tokyo, Japan

CONCERT TOURS

JAPAN: Performances in Nagoya and Tokyo

RUSSIA: Performances in Novgorod and St. Petersburg as part of the Prize-winners’ Concerts of the
Watford-Novgorod Music Competition
FINLAND: Performances in Helsinki and Turku

NEW MUSIC PERFORMANCES

Aaron J. Kernis Valentine Recording project, Albany Symphony
New Juilliard Ensemble concerts
FOCUS! 2009 Concert at the Juilliard School, Trio by Olly Wilson
AXIOM concerts at the Juilliard School

COMPETITIONS, SCHOLARSHIPS & AWARDS

First Prize, Watford-Novgorod Music Competition
Third Prize, 4th Uralsk International Violin Competition
Tokyo Foundation Scholarship, Irene Diamond Graduate Fellowship, C&H Lewine Scholarship, Juilliard School
British Government Music and Ballet Scholarship

SUMMER FESTIVALS

Pacific Music Festival, Sapporo, Japan
Tanglewood Music Center, Massachusetts
Perlman Music Program Chamber Workshop, New York
Taos School of Music, New Mexico
ENCORE School for Strings, Ohio
Mozarteum Summer Music Academy, Austria

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

The Juilliard School Pre-College Division, substitute chamber music coach
Monticello Middle and High School, visiting violin and chamber music coach
Nesin Cultural Arts Summer Institute violin and chamber music faculty

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Engagements

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Recordings

Kreisler: Recitative and Scherzo (International Music Academy Pilsen, 2008)