Assistant Concertmaster Etsuko Kimura joined the Toronto Symphony Orchestra in 2007. She appears frequently at concert halls across Canada and the world, leading eminent chamber ensembles, performing as a featured soloist with major international orchestras, and maintaining a full recital calendar. When she is not performing with the TSO, she serves as a guest concertmaster for orchestras in Japan and many other countries.
Ms. Kimura has performed extensively as a soloist, giving frequent recitals and collaborating with many of the world’s greatest musicians, music directors, chamber groups, and orchestras. She has performed as a guest artist with the Budapest Ferenc Erkel Chamber Orchestra and the Szombathely Radio Orchestra in Hungary, as well as with orchestras throughout Japan, including the prestigious Osaka Municipal Symphonic Band. A highly sought-after collaborator, she has appeared on stage with such eminent violinists as Masafumi Hori (Concertmaster, NHK Symphony Orchestra), Toru Yasunaga (former Concertmaster, Berlin Philharmonic), and Tomotada Soh, as well as with violist Nobuo Okada (former Principal Viola, Bamberger Symphoniker-Bayerische Staatsphilharmonie).
Ms. Kimura is a faculty member at Canada’s Interprovincial Music Camp, and gives violin performance and chamber music masterclasses all over the world for middle and high school students. She stands out as a musician who is greatly involved in bringing music to the community: she has participated in the TSO’s various education programmes, and performs regularly at hospitals and other venues where she can use her musical talent to touch lives.