[ Violin ]

Syoko Aki

Syoko Aki, violinist, studied the Toho Academy of Music (Japan), Hartt College and the Yale School of Music. She has taught at the Eastman School and the State University of New York at Purchase. She has appeared as soloist with leading conductors such as Seiji Ozawa and Krzysztof Penderecki. As concertmaster and soloist with the New York Chamber Symphony, Miss Aki has recorded extensively on several major labels including Delos and Pro Arte. She has served as concertmaster of the New Japan Philharmonic, Waterloo Festival Orchestra and the New Haven and Syracuse symphonies. Miss Aki joined the Yale faculty in 1968 and became a member of the Yale String Quartet which earned international praise.

With her long–time faculty colleague, pianist Joan Panetti, she has recorded on the Epson label. A highlight of their collaboration was a complete performance of Mozart’s violin sonatas over two seasons as part of Yale’s celebration of the 250th anniversary of the composer’s birth. Bernard Holland of The New York Times wrote: “What a pleasure it was to hear this great music portrayed with such calm and exquisite thoughtfulness.”