Violist Kazuko Matsusaka joined the Boston Symphony Orchestra in August 1991. She taught violin and viola at New England Conservatory's Preparatory School from 1995 through 2013. From 1987 to 1990 she was a member of the Pittsburgh Opera, the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, and the Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble.
Matsusaka studied violin with Josef Gingold at the Indiana University School of Music. A Tanglewood Music Center Fellow in 1985, she holds a bachelor of music degree from Hartt College of Music/University of Hartford, where she studied violin with Charles Treger, and a master of music degree from the State University of New York, where she studied viola with John Graham.
In 1988, Matsusaka was awarded a special jury prize at the Lionel Tertis International Viola Competition. She has been soloist with the Central Massachusetts Symphony, the Newton Symphony Orchestra, and the Boston Pops Orchestra. A prize winner in the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition, she has also participated in the Norfolk Music Festival and the Yellow Barn Music Festival.
B.M. (The Hartt School), M.M. (SUNY/Stony Brook); studies with Charles Treger, Josef Gingold, and John Graham; performances at Yellow Barn and Yale at Norfolk music festivals; soloist with Central Massachusetts Symphony, Newton Symphony Orchestra, and Boston Pops; former faculty, NEC college, University of Pittsburgh and Westmoreland Suzuki School of Music; member, Boston Symphony Orchestra since 1991.