Kana Ohashi holding violin
2022 UK

Kana Ohashi


1st Violin – Gewandhaus Orchestra, Leipzig; Former Director – Manchester Cosmos Strings

Australian Hometown(s): Melbourne
Education: RNCM – Royal Northern College of Music

Born in Scotland and raised in Australia since the age of four, exposure to different cultures has positively coloured her life. Until moving to England on the International ABRSM scholarship at eighteen, Kana built a solid foundation as a young professional violinist back at home where she won competitions including the National Young Concerto Competition and the Dorcas McClean Travelling Award.

As a soloist, she had the opportunity to perform with many different orchestras around Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom, some including Orchestra Victoria, Queensland Symphony Orchestra, Manchester Camerata and Christchurch Symphony Orchestra. In 2019 Kana had the pleasure of performing as soloist with the ERT Greek Radio Orchestra in collaboration with El Sistema Greece. 

Now 29 years old, Kana has been living in Leipzig and working in the Gewandhaus Orchestra since 2018. During her four years in Germany, she was given opportunities to tour as soloist with the Schlesische Philharmonie and the Cappella Istropolitana, has played with NDR Elbpilharmonie Orchestra Hamburg as an extra member and regularly enjoys playing chamber music with colleagues of her orchestra. Outside of Germany, Kana curated and directed the Manchester Cosmos Strings, who were invited to perform in the Malta International Arts Festival in 2018.

Passionate about charity work, Kana had the honour to play a concert on a violin made of Tsunami debris (Japan 2011) in her hometown Melbourne in 2018, and is a founding member of charity concert series Handshake in Leipzig. Her teachers include ex-concert master of NZSO and MSO Wilma Smith in Melbourne and Professor Yair Kless in Manchester. 

Last updated 2022