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Grand Prize winner of the 2001 Pablo Sarasate International Violin Competition and winner of the 2002 Tchaikovsky Competition, violinist Tamaki Kawakubo started playing the violin at the age of five in Los Angeles, California.
Ms. Kawakubo’s 2009 – 2010 season included engagements and tours with the Russian National Orchestra, Moscow Radio Symphony, NHK Chamber, Yomiuri Symphony Orchestra, and a tour of Germany with Sinfonia Varsovia. Winner of the Avery Fisher Career Grant and the S&R Foundation Washington Award, Ms. Kawakubo has performed numerous recitals in Japan, Spain, Germany, and Israel, and made her Kennedy Center recital debut in 2009.
In 2010 – 2011 she performed with the Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony in Vietnam, the Dresden Philharmonic, the Tel Aviv Chamber Orchestra, the Tokyo Philharmonic, the Yomiuri Symphony Orchestra, and several recitals in the US.
Recently, Ms. Kawakubo has been active in chamber music, performing in a piano trio in Japan, and in a string trio and piano quartet in Europe.
Ms. Kawakubo studied at the Colburn School of Performing Arts in Los Angeles, at Juilliard Pre- College, and finished her studies at the Zurich Musikhochschule.