Toshiya Eto

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Etō Toshiya
Born(1927-11-09)November 9, 1927
DiedJanuary 22, 2008(2008-01-22) (aged 80)
Occupationviolinist, composer

Etō Toshiya 江藤俊哉(9 November 1927 – 22 January 2008) was a Japanese violinist.


Etō Toshiya was born in 1927 in Toshima, Tokyo.[1] He started violin lessons in 1932. His teacher was Shinichi Suzuki, and Etō Toshiya had lessons from him until age 12. He entered Ikuei Kogei school[2] in 1940, and finished in 1944.[3] From 1943, he took lessons from Alexander Mogilevsky, who taught at Tokyo School of Music.

From 1944 to 1948, Etō Toshiya studied music at Tokyo School of Music. When he was student, he had joined as a quartet member. This quartet member were Toshiya Etō(vl), Akeo Watanabe(Vl), Kimiyo Matsuura(Va) and Hideo Saito(Vc), that they led the Japanese classic music scene in coming ages. He graduated this school and then continued his studies at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia under the great violinist Efrem Zimbalist. In 1951, he gave his first performance at Carnegie Hall.

Etō Toshiya came back Japan in 1961, and continued his artistic performance and teaching. He taught at Toho Gakuen School of Music from 1963, and Akiko Suwanai and Yayoi Toda were known as his students. He was a member of the Japan Art Academy and then became a head of the Toho Gakuen School of Music before he died at the age of 80 on June 23, 2008.[4]



  1. ^ He was named Toshiya after the great Russian violinist, Toscha Seidel.
  2. ^ The history of Salesian Polytechnic
  3. ^ Archives of Don Cimatti & Salesio in Japan
  4. ^ "Obituary: Toshiya Eto". Kyodo News. The Japan Times. June 28, 2008. Retrieved January 18, 2014.