Tomoko Akasaka
Tomoko Akasaka, viola

Tomoko Akasaka


Tomoko Akasaka is appreciated for her extraordinary charisma and stage presence.

She won the "Japan Classical Music Competition" and 3rd prize at the International Music Competition of ARD and appeared as soloist with the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, Munich Chamber Orchestra, Kremerata Baltica, Orchestre de Chambre Genève, Ensemble Contrechamps, Filarmonica Banatul Timisoara, Venezuelan Symphony Orchestra and Japan Chamber Orchestra under conductors such as Seiji Ozawa, Johannes Kalitzke, Rüdiger Bohn, Gheorghe Costin, Olivier Cuendet, Roman Kofman and Günther Herbig.

Tomoko's chamber music partners include Gidon Kremer, Yuri Bashmet, Daniel Hope, Juliane Banse, Heinz Holliger, Menahem Pressler, Julian Steckel, Andreas Ottensamer, Daishin Kashimoto and the Kuss Quartet , performing at Lockenhaus, Salzburg Festival, Pablo Casals Festival, Verbier, Lucerne, Kissinger Sommer, San Francisco Musical Days, Olivier Messiaen Festival, Zagreb Chamber Music Festival, Kronberg Cello Festival, Alba Music Festival and Schubertiade.

Tomoko Akasaka has played at the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Tonhalle Zurich, Mozarteum Salzburg, Victoria Hall London, Grand Theater in Geneva, Konzerthaus and Philharmonie Berlin, Elmau Castle, Suntory Hall Tokyo and Nymphenburg Castle Munich. Tomoko first started playing the violin at the age of five and went to the special school of the Toho Music University.

After graduation, she studied at the Liszt Academy in Budapest, Hungary. Shortly after, she switched to the viola and studied at the Toho Tokyo University, continuing her studies at the Geneva Conservatory with Nobuko Imai, while being her assistant. She was also a guest professor at the Conservatory of Neuchatel. Tomoko joined the Amaryllis Quartet in 2016.