Japanese violinist Natsuko Yoshimoto makes her Royal Opera debut in the 2019/20 Season as Guest Concert Master for Tristan und Isolde.
Yoshimoto began playing the violin at the age of three. She studied at the Yehudi Menuhin School, the Royal Northern College of Music and the Curtis Institute in Philadelphia, and received guidance and teaching from Yehudi Menuhin and Wen Zhou Li. She is currently Concertmaster of the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, and regularly appears a a guest Concertmaster with other major orchestras in Australia and Asia. As a soloist, she has appeared with orchestras including the London Symphony Orchestra, the Philharmonia, the Hallé, the Odense Symphony, Tokyo Symphony Orchestra, Tokyo Philharmonic, Orchestra Ensemble Kanazawa, Hong Kong Sinfonietta, Melbourne Symphony and Adelaide Symphony Orchestra. She has led the Australian String Quartet and the Grainger Quarter, and collaborated in chamber music with musicians including Pinchas Zukerman, Heinz Holliger, Anthony Marwood, Cristina Ortiz, Jonathan Kelly, Li-Wei Qin and Brett Dean.
Yoshimoto has won prizes in international competitions including the Wieniawski, Menuhin and Tibor Varga competitions. She won Gold Medal in the1994 Shell/London Symphony Orchestra Competition, the Orchestra Ensemble Kanazawa Award and the Iwaki Award for outstanding achievement as a Japanese artist. She teaches violin and chamber music at the Conservatorium of Music in Queensland and the University of Queensland. Natsuko Yoshimoto currently plays on a Giovanni Battista Guadagnini violin generously on loan from the South Astralia Guadagnini Violin Trust and Ukaria.