Ayane Kozasa

Viola
Ayane Kozasa

Winner of the prestigious Primrose International Viola Competition in 2011, Ayane Kozasa also captured the Competition’s Mozart Award for the best chamber music performance, as well as its Askim Award for her performance of the Competition’s commissioned work. As the First Prize winner, she has appeared in concert in both Europe and the U.S. A winner of Astral Artists’ 2012 National Auditions, Ms. Kozasa was also the winner of a 2012 S&R Washington Award and has been a prizewinner at the Irving M. Klein International String Competition. She was named principal violist of the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia in 2013, and made her European debut with the Augsburg Philharmonic in Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante in April 2013, with violinist Jehye Lee. She has been featured in The Strad and Strings magazines and her performances have been broadcast on “Live from the Mayne Stage” for WFMT in Chicago and on Philadelphia’s WHYY.

Ms. Kozasa’s interest in chamber music has led her to a number of concert appearances across the U.S., including a national concert tour with pianist Ignat Solzhenitsyn, as a part of “Curtis on Tour.” She participated in Ravinia’s “Steans on Tour” in the 2012 and 2013 seasons, and appears on Ravinia’s series in August 2013. She was recently a Young Soloist at Germany’s Kronberg Academy studying with renowned violist Nobuko Imai, and has participated in numerous festivals, including the Music from Angel Fire’s Young Artists Program, the Steans Music Institute at the Ravinia Festival, the Aspen Music Festival, Mimir Chamber Music Festival, and the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival. In the summer of 2013, she appears at Marlboro Music and the West Cork Chamber Music Festival. Ms. Kozasa performs as a member of the Aizuri Quartet and is a founding member of the Philadelphia-based chamber group, ensemble39.

Ayane Kozasa graduated from the Curtis Institute of Music studying with violists Misha Amory and Roberto Díaz, where she was the George and Marie Hecksher Annual Fellow. She holds a Bachelor’s degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music, where she studied with Kirsten Docter. She also studied violin with William Preucil while at CIM, and has also worked with Michael Tree, Nathan Cole, Cyrus Forough, and Philip Lewis.