Kozue Funakoshi

Violin, Chicago Sym­phony Orchestra

Kozue Funakoshi joined the Chicago Sym­phony Orches­tra in 2000, after three years as vio­lin­ist with the Cleve­land Orches­tra. A for­mer con­cert­mas­ter for the Civic Orches­tra of Chicago, Kozue stud­ied with Hideyuki Nimura, Joseph Gen­ualdi, and Sando Shia.

A native of Yoko­hama, Japan, Kozue grew up in Kamakura. Her father was a rock musi­cian who played gui­tar and piano, and her mother was a kinder­garten teacher. Kozue received first prize at the All Japan Young Musi­cians Com­pe­ti­tion in 1987, and was awarded a full schol­ar­ship to the Tokyo Col­lege of Music, where she received a bachelor’s degree.

Kozue Funakoshi has played on the Cleve­land Orchestra’s cham­ber music series and at the Kurashiki Music Fes­ti­val, directed by Takashi Asahina, and she per­formed as soloist dur­ing the Thüringer Phil­har­monic Orchestra’s 1993 con­cert tour in Ger­many. She also served as con­cert­mas­ter for the Tokyo Col­lege of Music Symphony’s 1993 U.S. con­cert tour, which took her to Chicago’s Orches­tra Hall, New York’s Carnegie Hall, and to the Kennedy Center.

In 2008, Kozue Funakoshi per­formed with the Asia Phil­har­monic Orches­tra under Myung-Whun Chung. She fre­quently appears with the Chicago Cham­ber Musicians.

 
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