ARTISTS (since 2003)

Junichiro Murakami, viola, was born in 1977 and graduated from Toho Gakuen College of Music in 2000. He studied viola with Mazumi Tanamura, and chamber music with Hakuro Mouri, Ko-ichiro Harada and Piero Farulli. He has also participated in several music courses such as the Seiji Ozawa Ongaku-juku Opera Project.

As a performer, he has been invited to many prestigious festivals in Japan, including Saito Kinen Festival Matsumoto (1999, 2001, 2002), Miyazaki International Chamber Music Festival and Kurashiki Music Festival; he was awarded Outstanding Young Artist Prize at Ogaki Music Festival in 2001.

He was prize-winner at the Awaji-shima Viola Competition and also won First Prize at the Tokyo Chamber Music Competition. Currently Performance Fellow at Toho Gakuen, he has received a Japanese Government Scholarship to study in Italy, where he has resided since September 2004.