Violist Rebecca Matayoshi is currently a member of the Hawai‘i Symphony Orchestra and is excited to join the San Diego Symphony as an acting section violist.
She enjoys a career performing all over the world. Prior to her appointment in Hawai‘i she was a violist with the Hyogo Performing Arts Center Orchestra in Osaka, Japan. She has toured with the Dresdner Philharmonie, performed at the Lucerne Contemporary Music Festival (Switzerland) and Pacific Music Festival (Hokkaido, Japan), been on faculty and performed at the Estate Musicale Frentana festival (Lanciano, Italy), and will make her first appearance at the Oregon Coast Music Festival (North Bend, OR) this summer.
Locally, she has recorded studio and commercial work in Los Angeles, played for the Broadway tour of The Lion King and performed with contemporary pop artists The Eagles and Steven Tyler of Aerosmith, among others.
Ms. Matayoshi also enjoys collaborating in chamber music, with notable performances including violinist Colin Jacobsen (The Knights of NYC), violinist David Kim (Concertmaster, Philadelphia Orchestra), Luigi Piovano (Principal Cello, Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia) and flute soloist Peter Lukas-Graf.
As an educator, Ms. Matayoshi currently serves as the viola coach at Mira Mesa and Mt. Carmel High Schools, in addition to keeping a private teaching studio. She has given masterclasses at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and San Diego State University, and coached the San Diego Youth Symphony. She is also the Founder and Director of Dually Noted, an organization that artistically pairs music and food. (See www.duallynoted.org for details.)
A native of Chicago, Rebecca Matayoshi completed a Master of Music from the New England Conservatory under the tutelage of Marcus Thompson and Bachelor of Music studies with Masumi Rostad and Rudolf Haken at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign as the Edward J. Krolick full-scholarship recipient.