Natsuko Yoshimoto is to bid farewell to the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra at the end of the 2020 season, departing the role of Concertmaster after more than a decade. In her time with the ASO, the Japanese-born violinist has performed hundreds of concerts and worked alongside leading conductors and soloists from around the world. The orchestra is currently in the process of finding a new concertmaster for 2021.
“It has been an extraordinary honour to lead the ASO as Concertmaster, I am grateful for the experience and the musical journey I have undertaken,” said Yoshimoto. “I have been privileged to have played under some of the world’s leading conductors and I look back on my career with the ASO with great affection. It has been an intense and rewarding 10 years with the ASO and I have enjoyed every minute of it!”
Reflecting on her role as Concertmaster and what she will miss the most, Yoshimoto said, “having such an inspiring environment all the time to work in! Of course, I have worked with many conductors and soloists who are incredibly inspiring, but I’m also always amazed by the talent and skills that my colleagues in the orchestra have. The ASO is full of special people and I have tremendous respect for them and I’m always learning from them!”
“I am excited by what’s in store for the 2020 season and look forward to continuing to contribute to the artistic vibrancy of the ASO as I undertake my final year in official Concertmaster duties.”
Yoshimoto, who has said she is looking forward to freelancing, teaching and spending time with her family, began playing the violin at three. She has studied at the Yehudi Menuhin School, Royal Northern College of Music and the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, and has received a number of accolades, including the Iwaki Award for outstanding achievement as a Japanese artist in 2007.
“Over the past 10 years, the ASO has demonstrated great artistic vitality and quality – and Natsuko Yoshimoto has played a significant role in our success,” said ASO Managing Director Vincent Ciccarello. “Natsuko is a consummate professional and brings the highest standards of playing, dedication and integrity to the ASO. She not only enjoys the admiration and respect of her colleagues, but her great charm and charisma make her much-loved by our audiences.”
Former Principal Conductor Nicholas Carter added, “Natsuko is a formidable musician and wonderful colleague whose ambition for the ASO is always at the heart of what drives her.”
Yoshimoto will be featured as a soloist when she performs the Brahms Violin Concerto with the ASO in April. Her final concert with the orchestra will be on October 31 with the program Magic and Mystery.