violist who attended the Hartt College of Music, the
Indiana University School of Music, and the State University of New York. Her teachers included Josef Gingold, John Graham, and Charles Treger.
She was in the
string section of the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, the Pittsburgh New Music
Ensemble and the Pittsburgh Opera from 1987 until 1990. In 1991, she became a member of the
Boston Symphony Orchestra.
with whom she has performed include the Amici
Chamber Players, the Boston Artists Ensemble, the Boston Pops, the Central
Massachusetts Symphony, the New England Baroque Soloists, and the Newton
She appears on
the following Boston Pops recordings: America,
American Visions, The Celtic Album, Chris Botti in
Boston, Holiday Pops, My Favorite Things: A Richard Rodgers Celebration, and
A Splash of Pops. You’ll also find her name in
the credits of Nicolas Roussakis:
Hymn to Apollo/Ephemeris and the Amici
Chamber Players’ Zoo of Dreams.
2005, the Boston Artists Ensemble interpreted Antonin
Dvorak’s “String Quartet in E flat, Op. 97” at the Peabody Essex
Museum and Trinity
Church in Massachusetts.
to Trinity on 4th December 2005 in a program that comprised
Claude Debussy’s “Trio for Viola, Harp and Flute”,
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s “Flute Quartet No. 3”, and
Maurice Ravel’s “Introduction and Allegro” and “String
Quartet in F”.
January 2006, in the same venue, they offered up Mozart’s “String
Quartet in C major, K. 515”, Peter Ilyich
Tchaikovsky’s “Souvenir de Florence”, and the always
tantalizing “Mystery Piece”.
March 2007, members of the BSO reprised “Souvenir of Florence”
and performed Frank Bridge’s “String Sextet” in a
community concert at Peabody
England Baroque Soloists took the stage in Chapin Hall at Williams College
on 4th April 2008.
Their recital included: Brandenburg
Concertos Nos. 2 and 5 and “Contrapunctus
No. 1” from The Art of Fugue
by Johann Sebastian Bach; the overture from “Tafelmusik
III” by George Philipp Telemann; the second movement from the “Oboe
Concerto” of Alessandro Marcello; “Concerto for Two Horns”
by George Frideric Handel; “Concerto for
Two Trumpets” by Petronio Franceschini; and, “Cello Sonata in A major”
by Luigi Boccherini.
July 2008, Kazuko took part in the International Musical Arts Institute
Chamber Music Festival at Fryeburg
Academy where she and
Xin Ding teamed up for Mozart’s “String
Duo No. 1 for Violin and Viola in G”. The concert concluded with the two
of them being joined by Kango Lee and Eric Rosenblith in a rendering of Debussy’s G-minor
It is not
unusual to find her doing double duty on BSO concert nights, performing in
the main event and the prelude concert. One such concert occurred at Ozawa
Hall on 22nd July 2011 and included Dvorak’s “Terzetto in C, Op. 74” and Felix Mendelssohn’s
“Octet in E flat”.
October 2011, she and cellist David Fisher, pianist Hisako Hiratsuka and
violinist Monica Pegis delivered a faculty
recital of quartets by Brahms and Gabriel Faure in Distler
Performance Hall at Tufts
In the field
of music education, she has taught at the New England Conservatory, the University of Pittsburgh, and the Westmoreland
Suzuki School of Music.