Yosuke Kawasaki
Yosuke Kawasaki, Violin
Grand Prize

Yosuke Kawasaki began his violin studies at the age of six with his father Masao Kawasaki and continued with Setsu Goto. At the age of ten, Mr. Kawasaki was accepted at the Julliard School Pre-College Division. He graduated from the Julliard School in 1998 under the tutelage of Dorothy DeLay, Hyo Kang, Felix Galimir and Joel Smirnoff. Kawasaki’s versatile musicianship allows him to pursue a wide-ranging career of solo, chamber music, and orchestral engagements.

Yosuke Kawasaki began his violin studies at the age of six with his father Masao Kawasaki and continued with Setsu Goto. At the age of ten, Mr. Kawasaki was accepted at the Julliard School Pre-College Division. He graduated from the Julliard School in 1998 under the tutelage of Dorothy DeLay, Hyo Kang, Felix Galimir and Joel Smirnoff. Kawasaki’s versatile musicianship allows him to pursue a wide-ranging career of solo, chamber music, and orchestral engagements. He currently serves as a member of the Mito Chamber Orchestra and Saito Kinen Orchestra in Japan, and is a founding member of the D’Amici String Quartet.

Taodo Arimoto
Tadao Arimoto, Design

Tadao Arimoto was born in Nara. He studied at International Design Institute in Kyoto and at Kansai University in Osaka.

Mr. Arimoto became an apprentice carpenter in Kyoto and Nara about the same time that he met sculptor Shigeru Ueki, who strongly influenced the course of Arimoto’s work. He then began to work in construction of furniture in the remote mountain village of Miyama, Kyoto JAPAN.

Tadao Arimoto was born in Nara. He studied at International Design Institute in Kyoto and at Kansai University in Osaka.

Mr. Arimoto became an apprentice carpenter in Kyoto and Nara about the same time that he met sculptor Shigeru Ueki, who strongly influenced the course of Arimoto’s work. He then began to work in construction of furniture in the remote mountain village of Miyama, Kyoto JAPAN.

Arimoto later moved to Pennsylvania, where he worked as a carpentry instructor, and as a designer and manufacturer of furniture and fixtures for public spaces. He has since opened his own workshop, and participated in numerous art shows and exhibits, most recently a two person show at The Japanese Consulate General in New York, sponsored by S&R Foundation.

Ioannis Mentzas
Ioannis Mentzas, Literature

Ioannis Mentzas was born in Akashi to a Greek- Japanese couple, and raised from the age of five in Kobe, where he attended the Marist Brothers International School, becoming involved in the school paper early on. Later at Princeton, Mentzas was again drawn to the humanities and graduated summa cum laude with a degree in Comparative Literature. He also received the Pyne Award, the top academic honor for the graduating class.

Ioannis Mentzas was born in Akashi to a Greek- Japanese couple, and raised from the age of five in Kobe, where he attended the Marist Brothers International School, becoming involved in the school paper early on. Later at Princeton, Mentzas was again drawn to the humanities and graduated summa cum laude with a degree in Comparative Literature. He also received the Pyne Award, the top academic honor for the graduating class. In his current work as Editorial Director at Vertical Inc., Mentzas is instrumental in providing the US market with the best translated contemporary Japanese literary works, thereby enriching the reading experience of the American general public and their knowledge of Japanese culture.

Ayano Ninomiya
Ayano Ninomiya, Violin

Born in Takamatsu, Japan, violinist Ayano Ninomiya moved to the United States at the age of one and began violin studies at age seven. In 2003 she received a Master of Music degree from The Juilliard School, where she studied with Robert Mann. She also holds joint degrees in Music and French from Harvard College.

Born in Takamatsu, Japan, violinist Ayano Ninomiya moved to the United States at the age of one and began violin studies at age seven. In 2003 she received a Master of Music degree from The Juilliard School, where she studied with Robert Mann. She also holds joint degrees in Music and French from Harvard College.

Ms. Ninomiya has appeared extensively as a soloist with orchestras across the United States. She recently toured Europe with “Musicians from Marlboro” and gave her much acclaimed New York recital debut at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall under the auspices of the Naumburg Foundation. Also an avid chamber musician, Ninomiya performs regularly at the Marlboro, Caramoor, Rockport, and Strings in the Mountains chamber music festivals.