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Natsuko Yoshimoto

Natsuko Yoshimoto

Natsuko Yoshimoto is supported by Suite Six - Russell Mitchell and Valmay Hill, Drs Ailbhe and Frank Cunningham, Christine Dagworthy and Robert Dagworthy AM

Born in Japan, Natsuko began playing the violin at the age of three. She studied at the Yehudi Menuhin School and Royal Northern College of Music in England and the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia. She received direct guidance and teaching under Lord Menuhin and Wen Zhou Li.

She has won many awards and prizes in international competitions including the Gold Medal in both the prestigious 1994 Shell/London Symphony Orchestra Competition and the Orchestra Ensemble Kanazawa Award and the Iwaki Award for outstanding achievement as a Japanese artist.

In great demand as a soloist, she has appeared with many world renowned orchestras including the London Symphony Orchestra, Philharmonia (London), Halle Orchestra, Odense Symphony (Denmark), Tokyo Symphony Orchestra, Tokyo Philharmonic, Orchestra Ensemble Kanazawa, Hong Kong Sinfonietta, Melbourne Symphony and Adelaide Symphony Orchestra.

Most recently Natsuko was the Concertmaster with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra for 12 years. She regularly appears as a guest Concertmaster with other major orchestras in both Australia and Asia.

As a chamber musician, she has recently joined Ensemble Q in Brisbane which gives concerts nationally and has recorded with them on number of recording projects. Previously she was the leader of the Australian String Quartet and then the Grainger Quartet. She is frequently invited to various festivals and has collaborated with artists such as Pinchas Zukerman, Anthony Marwood, Heinz Holliger, Stephen Osborne and Jonathan Kelly.

Natsuko is also a passionate teacher and is a staff member at the Conservatorium of Music in Queensland and at the University of Queensland teaching violin and chamber music.

She has given many world premieres of works by Australia's most prominent composers and has recorded for Virgin Classics, ABC Classics, Melba Records and Tall Poppies.

Natsuko plays on a Giovanni Battista Guadagnini generously on loan from the South Australia Guadagnini Violin Trust and Ukaria.