August 30, 2018

Koki

Determined to engage and inspire audience, Koki made his debut at age 18 at Benaroya Hall,
performing the rarely-heard Conus Violin Concerto in E minor with Seattle Youth Symphony
Orchestra under conductor, Stephen Rogers Radcliffe, as a winner of the concerto competition. Koki
was the first violinist to play the Conus violin concerto at Benaroya Hall. In the same year, Koki won
top awards at the Performing Arts Festival of Eastside (PAFE). Koki also has performed with the
Bellevue Philharmonic at Meydenbauer Center in Bellevue, Washington under conductor Fusao Kajima,
performing Conus Violin Concerto in E minor as a winner of the Bellevue Philharmonic Orchestra
Young Artist Debut Competition. Recently, Koki was awarded the first prize in American Protégé
Piano and String Competition and made a solo debut in Weill Recital Hall in New York.
Born in Japan and later moved to the United States, Koki started playing the violin at age 6. Then he
studied with Mikhail Kopelman, Renée Jolles, Lynn Blakeslee, Ronald Patterson, Hsuan (Tony) Lee in
the United States.
Since studying at the Eastman, Koki has been giving solo recitals annually at Eastman School of Music,
as well as at George Eastman House’s Annual Concert Series. His repertoires include, but not limited
to; H.I.F. Biber, Bach, Beethoven, Wieniawski, Brahms, Franck, Fauré, and Prokofiev.
Koki is also an active chamber music performer and enjoys performing with various musicians. While
attending the University of Washington, Koki had a lot of chance to get exposed to chamber music
performances. Motivated by the fact, he formed The Quantum String Quartet with his colleagues and
the group was awarded the first prize in the University of Washington Strings and Piano Chamber
Ensemble Competition. The group has given numerous performances, including playing for the
American String Project, an appearance at Café Racer’s Racer Sessions led by trumpeter Cuong Vu, a
concert with San Francisco Symphony Principal Bass Scott Pingel in the Barry Lieberman and Friends
series, and The Quantum String Trio chamber recital, and in the University of Washington
Contemporary Group concert. In 20
In 2015, Koki had another chance to engage himself in a lot of chamber music performances. The
annual chamber music concert at Eastman School of Music fueled him to form KEE Trio together with
the colleagues from the Eastman and gained a spot in the chamber music recitals at Hatch Recital Hall
at Eastman School of Music.
Beside the chamber music, Koki is also well trained in orchestra. Koki was a former concertmaster of
University Symphony at University of Washington. Recently, Koki has been appointed as a
Concertmaster of St.Andrew’s Chamber Ensemble where the orchestra plays a one of a kind narrated
story telling concert.
Not only in the concert setting, Koki often appears in masterclass, performing for various musicians.
He has played for Elisa Barston, violinist with the Seattle Symphony, Gil Shaham, Frank Almond, and
Leon Fleisher in chamber music master class. In 2016, Koki participated in a videoconference Master
Class presented by Sibelius Academy, taught by Kaija Saarikettu.
Koki’s another passion has been teaching and he has taught in many occasions. From local elementary
school to middle school music class, as well as privately. After attending the Eastman School of Music,
he participated in string pedagogy class led by Dr. John Fetter and taught students at School No. 17.
Currently, Koki holds a teaching position at American Music Centre in Rochester, NY, and Roberts
Wesleyan Community Music School in Rochester, NY.
Koki has also extensively involved in many volunteer services since high school and he was a volunteer
member of “Nikkei Concerns”, an elder care home. He was scheduled to perform several music,
ranging from traditional Japanese music to light classical music. During the performance, Koki always
performed with his mother who played the piano. Koki was also a ballet dancer, having studied at the
Pacific Northwest Ballet School and danced in many productions with ballet companies for 15 years.
Koki holds the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Eastman School of Music. Koki received Bachelor
of Music degree from the University of Washington and Master of Music degree from Eastman School
of Music.

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