Chicago native Rebecca Matayoshi is currently a member of the Hawaii Symphony and is excited to join the San Diego Symphony as an acting section violist. Previously, she was a violist with the Hyogo Performing Arts Center Orchestra in Osaka, Japan. Other professional engagements include San Diego Opera, the Dresdner Philharmonie as well as studio and commercial work in Los Angeles. Outside the classical world, she was a violist for the Broadway production of The Lion King, has performed with Steven Tyler of Aerosmith and toured with folk and blues artist Cameron McGill.
As an educator, Ms. Matayoshi has taught at the Estate Musicale Frentana festival in Lanciano, Italy, and given masterclasses and coaching through the San Diego Youth Symphony, in addition to keeping a private teaching studio. She is also the Founder and Artistic Director of Dually Noted, a music organization that artistically pairs music and food (see www.duallynoted.org for details).
Rebecca Matayoshi began her musical studies on piano at age 6 and viola at age ten. She holds a Master of Music degree from the New England Conservatory where she studied on scholarship with Marcus Thompson. She completed her Bachelor of Music degree under the tutelage of Masumi Rostad and Rudolf Haken at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign as the Edward J. Krolick full-scholarship recipient. Festival appearances include serving as principal viola at the Pacific Music Festival and performing at the Lucerne Festival in Switzerland, where her favorite experiences were playing the world premiere of Horațiu Rădulescu’s String Quartet No. 4 and Olivier Messiaen’s Turangalila Symphony.