MIKI TSUNODA – VIOLIN

Principal 2nd Violin – Antwerp Symphony Orchestra

Biography

Miki studied with renowned pedagogue, Lorand Fenyves at the University of Toronto as well as with Ferenc Halasz and received extensive training in Chamber Music with Andras Mihaly, Gyorgy Kurtag and Ferenc Rados at the Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest.

She later developed her qualities further at the Banff Centre for the Arts in Canada, working closely with David Takeno and the late Zoltan Szekely.

Having founded the Binneas String Quartet during her years at the Victorian College of the Arts Secondary School, her early experiences instilled in her a passion for chamber music and the importance of communication and self-expression.

The formation of Duo Sol in 1998 was a natural progression of her desire to continue to develop through close chamber music partnerships. Together with pianist Caroline Almonte, Duo Sol has been praised for their passionate and committed performances, receiving critical acclaim.

Since winning First Prize at the prestigious International Chamber Music Competition Premio Trio di Trieste and finalists at the ARD Munich International Competition and Vittorio Gui International Competition in Florence, Duo Sol have forged an international career, performing in the UK, Russia, China, Italy, Japan, South America, Australia and New Zealand. In 2011 Duo Sol made their debut recital at the International Edinburgh Festival and in 2005 represented Australian Culture and the Arts at the World Expo in Aichi, Japan and were ambassadors at the 35th Celebration of Diplomatic Relations between Australia and China in Beijing.

Duo Sol has released two ABC Classics recordings titled “Duo Tsunoda/Almonte” and “Infinite Heartbeat”.

Miki Tsunoda has collaborated with many of the world’s renowned musicians and Ensembles including the late Hiroyuki Iwaki, Philippe Herreweghe, Jaap van Zweden, Xian Zhang, Tadaaki Otaka, Eivind Aadland, Brett Dean, Piers Lane, Liwei, Claire Edwardes, Het Collectief and Elision.

A big fan of the Alban Berg Violin Concerto, Miki has performed it on numerous occasions with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra as well as taking it to Japan with the Sendai Philharmonic, Ensemble Kanazawa, Kyoto Symphony and Nagoya Philharmonic, collaborating with Maestro Hiroyuki Iwaki.

Since 2008 Miki has held the position of Principal Second Violin with the Royal Flemish Philharmonic Orchestra in Antwerp and in addition performs with the Amsterdam Sinfonietta.

Miki has recently performed with the Ensemble Offspring from Sydney at the Shanghai New Music Festival.

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