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Asami Yamada

Born in Tokyo in 1988, Asami Yamada received her first violin lessons at the age of four. She was a student of Gérard Poulet, Oleh Krysa and Natsumi Tamai at the Tokyo University of Arts and received her Master’s degree in 2011 before joining the Ensemble of Tokyo. She continued her studies at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater München under Prof Ingolf Turban.

Ages nine she gave her first concert as a soloist with the NHK Chamber Orchestra before playing with the Japan Philharmonic Orchestra, the Central Aichi Symphony Orchestra, the Tokyo City Philharmonic Orchestra, the Kobe City Chamber Orchestra, the Geidai Philharmonic Orchestra, the Jenaer Philharmonie (in Weimar), and the Sendai Philharmonic Orchestra.

As a chamber musician she has appeared in various Japanese cities and performed at the International Alba Festival in Italy and the International Herceg-Novi Music Festival in Montenegro. She has also recorded two CDs.

Her awards include second place at the Eto Toshiya Violin Competition, first place at Student Music of Japan and third place at The Music Competition of Japan. She was a finalist at international chamber music competition “Franz Schubert and Modern Music” in Graz and received a special award at the International Joseph Haydn Chamber Music Competition in Vienna (piano trio).

Between 2014 and 2016 Asami Yamada was academy player of the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra before becoming a fixed member for the second violins.

credit Frank Bauer