Machiko Ozawa

Tango Violin

Violinist Machiko Ozawa performed her debut recital at the Carnegie Weill Recital Hall in 2002 as a winner of the Artists International Competition. She has since performed as a soloist with the C.W. Post Chamber Orchestra, Henry Mancini Festival Orchestra, North Shore Symphony Orchestra, and Orquesta Sinfónica Sinaloa de las Artes, among others. In 2004, she was appointed concertmaster of the Orquesta Sinfónica Sinaloa de las Artes, a position she served for two years. Machiko’s most recent solo appearances took place in 2010-11 with the Presidential Symphony Orchestra in Turkey, the Pan American Symphony Orchestra in Washington, D.C., as well as American Philharmonic Orchestra in California.  

As a composer, Ms. Ozawa has written numerous original compositions. In 2004 the North Shore Symphony Orchestra commissioned and premiered her concerto “Syrenes” for violin, percussion and orchestra with her as the solo violinist. In 2007, Ms. Ozawa received an artistic grant from the YAMAHA Foundation and released her first album, “Vertical Voyage,” in Japan, which included all original compositions.

As a performing artist, Ms. Ozawa has extended her musicianship to other styles of music, including jazz, Argentine tango, improvisation, and tap dance, among others. In addition, she has created her own style of performance called tapdanceviolin, which has been incorporated in some of her original compositions. In 2007, she performed Morton Gould's Tap Concerto as a tap dancer soloist with the North Shore Symphony Orchestra. Her M2duo (formally M2O) with pianist Makia Matsumura was a finalist in the New York International Tango Competition in 2004. In 2009, Ms. Ozawa was selected as one of the main cast members in the award winning musical Amor Latino at Thalia Theatre, in which she played as a tapdancer and violinist.

Recently Ms. Ozawa has formed her own tango group, Urban Tango Trio, with pianist Octavio Brunetti and bassist Pedro Giraudo. The Urban Tango Trio released their first album, Urban Tango Trio, by Platonic Record in 2011 in Japan. In addition, she also has performed with renowned tango players, such as Pablo Ziegler, Hector Del Curto’s Eternal Tango, Fernando Otero, and Polly Ferman’s Gramour Tango at Blue Note, Jazz Standard, Winter Garden at Financial Center, Joe's Pub, and Highline Ballroom.

Ms. Ozawa received her formal training from The Juilliard School, Guildhall School of Music and Drama, and Tokyo National University of the Arts (Tokyo Gei Dai). She has studied with Yfrah Neaman, Lewis Kaplan, Masao Kawasaki, Takashi Shimizu, Chikashi Tanaka, Takayoshi Wanami, and Shigeru Toyama. She has given numerous solo recitals in U.S. and Japan at major venues such as Carnegie Weill Recital Hall, Merkin Concert Hall, Tokyo Bunka Kaikan, and Nikkei Hall, among others. Ms. Ozawa has also performed in chamber music groups and orchestras at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher Hall and Alice Tully Hall, Barbican Center, Bellas Artes, Symphony Space, GW Lisner Auditorium, and Mondavi Center.


Overtures series performances by Machiko Ozawa