Assistant Principal Second Violin
Hometown: Tokyo, Japan
Age you began playing: 6
Year you joined the TSO: 2012
Who or what continues to influence your playing? My colleagues will always inspire me.
What is interesting to you about working in an orchestra? While I’m contributing my part to my section, I get to enjoy the music from the woodwind, brass, and other string sections.
Why are orchestras important? In my opinion, nothing can replace orchestral music, no matter how modern our society becomes. Orchestral music can express emotions from different eras and is part of the international language of music that is shared around the world.
If you were not a full-time musician, what would you be? I’d love to work in the travel industry.
Eri Hattori Kosaka joined the Toronto Symphony Orchestra in 2012. Prior to her current position, Ms. Kosaka was a member of the Kansas City Symphony for two seasons and a violin fellow at the New World Symphony in Miami Beach, where she was a rotating Concertmaster.
Growing up in Tokyo, Japan, Ms. Kosaka started playing the violin at age six and took lessons with Akiko Tatsumi whom she studied with for more than 10 years. While she lived in San Diego, she studied with Michael Tseitlin. After graduating from Toho High School of Music and Toho Gakuen College of Music in Japan, she was awarded a scholarship from the Yamaha Foundation to study abroad. Ms. Kosaka graduated with a Master’s of Music and Graduate Diploma from the New England Conservatory where she studied with Miriam Fried. She has participated in festivals and music academies across the U.S., Japan, and Europe, including the Aspen Music Festival and Sarasota Music Festival in the U.S., Pacific Music Festival in Japan, Schleswig-Holstein Festival in Germany, Salzburg Music Academy in Austria, and Courchevel International Music Academy in France. As a soloist, she has performed with the San Diego Symphony, Janáček Philharmonic Orchestra, and Central Aichi Orchestra, and has won awards at the Japan Mozart Competition, New Classic Audition in Japan, and the All Japan Student Music Competition.
Ms. Kosaka enjoys teaching, and prior to moving to Kansas City and Toronto, she maintained a private studio in Portland, Oregon.
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