Tamaki Kawakubo

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Tamaki Kawakubo (川久保賜紀) (born 1979) is a virtuoso violinist from the United States. She currently tours internationally as a concert artist. She released her second CD in May 2007 called "Recital!". She shared second prize awarded at the 2002 International Tchaikovsky Competition, the highest prize awarded that year.

Early years[edit]

Tamaki was born in Palos Verdes, California. She began violin studies at the age of five in Los Angeles. She studied with Robert Lipsett at the R.D. Colburn School of Performing arts in Los Angeles. Following this she studied with Dorothy DeLay and Masao Kawasaki at the Juilliard School of performing arts. In 1997 she won an Avery Fisher Career Grant[1] and moved to Zürich to study with Zakhar Bron.

International competitions[edit]

Tamaki was placed second equal and received a Silver Medal at the 2002 International Tchaikovsky Competition. This was the highest place awarded that year. Tamaki has also won first prize at the 2001 Pablo de Sarasate International Violin Competition.

Career highlights[edit]

After collaborating with Michael Tilson Thomas and the New World Symphony in 2001-02, Ms Kawakubo began her 2002-03 season in the United States with the San Francisco Symphony. Since then she has appeared as a soloist with many international orchestras.

CD audio releases[edit]

Avex Classics released in 2003 a debut CD of concertos by Mendelssohn and Tchaikovsky. In May 2007 her second CD called Recital! was released receiving high praise from many music magazines.

Movie appearances[edit]

Tamaki Kawakubo performed the Chaconne from John Corigliano's soundtrack to the film The Red Violin with the New York ensemble Eos Orchestra. She is also featured on the soundtrack for the cartoon series Little Amadeus.


  1. ^ Kozinn, Allan (14 December 1998). "A New Expression For Baroque Concerts". The New York Times. p. 5. Retrieved 31 August 2011. 

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