[ Violin ]
Syoko Aki, violin, studied in Japan at the Toho Academy of Music and in the United States at Hartt College and the Yale School of Music. She has taught at the Eastman School and the State University of New York at Purchase. She has appeared as soloist with leading conductors such as Seiji Ozawa, Gerard Schwartz, Krzysztof Penderecki, and Kenneth Schermerhorn. As concertmaster and soloist with the New York Chamber Symphony, Miss Aki has recorded extensively on several major labels including Delos and Pro Arte. She has served as concertmaster of the New Japan Philharmonic, Waterloo Festival Orchestra, and the New Haven and Syracuse Symphonies and has appeared in concerto and chamber music performances with Syzmon Goldberg, Henryck Szeryng, Broadus Erle, Leon Fleisher, Jaime Laredo, Joan Panetti, and many others.
Syoko Aki joined the Yale faculty in 1968 and became a member of the Yale String Quartet, which earned international praise for its performances and many fine recordings. She has also recorded music by faculty composer Martin Bresnick on the Composers Recordings label, and has recently recorded a disc of works by Schumann, Schubert, Debussy, and Gershwin with her long-time faculty colleague, pianist Joan Panetti, on the Epson label. A highlight of their collaboration was a complete performance of Mozart’s violin sonatas over two seasons as part of Yale’s celebration of the 250th anniversary of the composer’s birth.
Syoko Aki appears regularly in Yale concerts, both in New Haven and at the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival. In 2010 she was the soloist in two performances of Penderecki’s Capriccio for Violin and Orchestra, conducted by the composer, with the Yale Philharmonia at Woolsey Hall in New Haven and Carnegie Hall in New York City.
“What a pleasure it was to hear this great music portrayed with such calm and exquisite thoughtfulness.”
— Bernard Holland, New York Times