Sayako Kusaka

1. Concertmaster
Sayako Kusaka
  • born in Ashiya (Japan)
  • Member of the orchestra since 2008
  • Chamber music at the Konzerthaus Berlin: Konzerthaus Quartett, Konzerthaus Kammerorchester

Sayako Kusaka studied in Tokyo with Takashi Shimizu, in the USA with Eduard Schmieder and in Freiburg/Br with Rainer Kussmaul. She has won numerous international competitions (including the Rodolfo Lipizer Violin Competition, Paganini Competition, Sibelius Violin Competition, Michelangelo Abbado International Violin Competition and Idemitsu Music Prize). She performs as a soloist and chamber musician in Europe, Japan and the USA. Sayako Kusaka is also Artistic Director of the Konzerthaus Chamber Orchestra and, since 2013, special guest concertmaster of the Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra in Tokyo.


What do you enjoy most about being an orchestral musician?

The conversation with the instrument and the feeling of a strong invisible connection with other musicians who play masterpieces of orchestral music and are driven by the same passion and the same musical desire.

Is there an instrument other than your own that you would like to master?

The piano! It would be wonderful if I could play works by Schubert like Radu Lupu.

Which favourite place in Berlin do you recommend when you have visitors?

In spring and summer, the Liebermann Villa on Wannsee. In winter, the Gendarmenmarkt.


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