Koji Atwood
Koji Attwood, Piano
S&R Founders Award Winner
Saeka Matsuyama
Saeka Matsuyama, Violin
S&R Founders Award Winner

S&R Founders Award Winner, Violinist Saeka Matsuyama began her studies at the age of two. She moved to New York from Japan at age nine when she began studies in Julliard’s Pre-College program under Dorothy DeLay and Robert Chen. Ms.

S&R Founders Award Winner, Violinist Saeka Matsuyama began her studies at the age of two. She moved to New York from Japan at age nine when she began studies in Julliard’s Pre-College program under Dorothy DeLay and Robert Chen. Ms. Matsuyama has participated in such internationally renowned summer festivals as the Marlboro Music Festival, the Schleswig-Holstein Music Academy, the Tanglewood Music Festival, the Accademia Musicale Chigiana di Siena, the Encore School for Strings, the Aspen Music Festival, the Meadowmount School of Music, and the Music Masters Course in Kazusa, Chiba, Japan. She is in possession of numerous competition prizes and in high demand as an orchestral soloist, recitalist, and chamber musician, both in the U.S. and abroad.

Tamaki Kawakubo
Tamaki Kawakubo, Violin
Grand Prize

Grand Prize Winner, Violinist Tamaki Kawakubo is the 2002 winner of the Tchaikovsky Competition and First-Prize winner of the 2001 Pablo Sarasate International Violin Competition. Miss Kawakubo has performed with such leading orchestras as the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Rochester Philharmonic, Naples Philharmonic, and the Detroit, Houston, Fort Worth, Cincinnati, Toledo, Quebec, Baltimore, New York Chamber, and San Francisco Symphonies.

Grand Prize Winner, Violinist Tamaki Kawakubo is the 2002 winner of the Tchaikovsky Competition and First-Prize winner of the 2001 Pablo Sarasate International Violin Competition. Miss Kawakubo has performed with such leading orchestras as the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Rochester Philharmonic, Naples Philharmonic, and the Detroit, Houston, Fort Worth, Cincinnati, Toledo, Quebec, Baltimore, New York Chamber, and San Francisco Symphonies. She has also performed in Japan with its leading orchestras such as the Yomiuri Symphony Orchestra, Sapporo, Tokyo, Tokyo Metropolitan, Kyushu, Kyoto, and Hiroshima Symphonies. In addition to her career as soloist, she enjoys chamber music and has performed at the Ulverston International Chamber Music Festival, in Cyprus and in Moscow. Miss Kawakubo began her violin studies at the age of five in Los Angeles. She studied with Robert Lipsett at the R.D. Colburn School of Performing Arts in Los Angeles and with Dorothy Delay and Masao Kawasaki at the Julliard School. She recently completed her studies with Zakhar Bron at the Hochschule for Music in Zurich.

Otis Murphy
Otis Murphy, Saxophone
Ambassadors Award

S&R Washington Award Winner & S&R Ambassadors Award, Classical Saxophonist Otis Murphy joined the faculty of the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music at age 28, becoming one of the youngest faculty members in its history. He is in great demand as an international soloist, and has conducted saxophone teaching clinics in Belgium, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Singapore, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, Taiwan, and the United States.

S&R Washington Award Winner & S&R Ambassadors Award, Classical Saxophonist Otis Murphy joined the faculty of the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music at age 28, becoming one of the youngest faculty members in its history. He is in great demand as an international soloist, and has conducted saxophone teaching clinics in Belgium, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Singapore, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, Taiwan, and the United States. He has appeared as a concerto soloist at the Ravenna Music Festival in Italy; as a soloist with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra; had appearances at the 12th and 13th World Saxophone Congresses in Montreal, Quebec, and Minneapolis, Minnesota. Recently, Mr. Murphy joined Japan’s Tokyo Sinfonia Orchestra as soloist; and in 2006, joined Ray Cramer in Japan with the Musachino Academia Musicae Wind Ensemble as saxophone soloist for their concert tour that included notable performances in Japan’s Tokyo Opera City Concert Hall and the Isaac Stern Concert Hall in Miyazaki. Mr. Murphy is a Yamaha Performing Artist and a Vandoren Performing Artist.

Rieko Aizawa
Rieko Aizawa, Piano

S&R Washington Award Winner, Pianist Rieko Aizawa is a Japanese pianist known for that rare combination of technical mastery and musical sensitivity, which has repeatedly earned the admiration of musicians and critics alike. Ms. Aizawa has performed in solo and orchestral engagements throughout the U.S., Canada, and Europe, including Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher Hall, Boston’s Symphony Hall, and Chicago’s Orchestra Hall.

S&R Washington Award Winner, Pianist Rieko Aizawa is a Japanese pianist known for that rare combination of technical mastery and musical sensitivity, which has repeatedly earned the admiration of musicians and critics alike. Ms. Aizawa has performed in solo and orchestral engagements throughout the U.S., Canada, and Europe, including Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher Hall, Boston’s Symphony Hall, and Chicago’s Orchestra Hall. Highlights of recent seasons have included acclaimed performances with the New Japan Philharmonic under Seiji Ozawa, the English Chamber Orchestra under Heinz Holliger, the Festival Strings Lucerne in Switzerland under Rudolf Baumgartner, the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra under Hugh Wolff, the Curtis Institute Orchestra with Peter Oundjian, and the St. Louis Symphony under David Loebel. She received her Masters Degree from the Julliard School and is also a graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, where she was awarded the prestigious Rachmaninoff Prize.

Yura Lee
Yura Lee, Violin

S&R Washington Award Winner, Violinist Yura Lee was born in South Korea. Ms. Lee has enjoyed an exceptional career since coming to the United States in 1994. In recent seasons she has appeared with many prestigious orchestras. In 2006, she was the first prize winner in the Leopold Mozart Competition, where she was also awarded the Mozart Prize, the Mozart Medal, the Jugendjury Prize, and the Public Prize. Ms. Lee is a recipient of the Debut Artist of the Year prize at the “Performance Today” awards given by National Public Radio.

S&R Washington Award Winner, Violinist Yura Lee was born in South Korea. Ms. Lee has enjoyed an exceptional career since coming to the United States in 1994. In recent seasons she has appeared with many prestigious orchestras. In 2006, she was the first prize winner in the Leopold Mozart Competition, where she was also awarded the Mozart Prize, the Mozart Medal, the Jugendjury Prize, and the Public Prize. Ms. Lee is a recipient of the Debut Artist of the Year prize at the “Performance Today” awards given by National Public Radio. She has also been featured on the “Late Show with David Letterman,” CNN/FN, “Fox on Arts,” WABC-TV in New York, KBS in South Korea, and ZDF Arte in Germany. She studied from 1994-2001 at the Julliard School of Music, under the late Dorothy Delay and Hyo Kang.