STEFANI MATSUO has been appointed concertmaster of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. Matsuo joined the Cincinnati Symphony in 2015 as a member of the second violin section, and became associate concertmaster in 2018. Matsuo succeeds Timothy Lees, who served as CSO concertmaster from 1999 to 2018, when he stepped down due to injury. Matsuo, a native of North Carolina, completed her master’s degree in music at the Juilliard School and has a bachelor’s degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music. Matsuo is co-artistic director of the Cincinnati-based chamber ensemble concert:nova, and along with her husband, CSO cellist Hiro Matsuo, co-founded the 2M Duo. Prior to the CSO, Matsuo made her New York debut in Alice Tully Hall performing the Britten Violin Concerto, and made her solo recital debut at the Phillips Collection in Washington D.C. as the winner of the 2012 Washington International Competition. Matsuo was the winner of the 2012 Juilliard Concerto Competition. She served as concertmaster of New Jersey’s Symphony in C and as a member of the first violin section of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra.
Posted September 9, 2019