Azusa Tashiro is a violinist based in the Chicago area. She is recently appointed to be the Concertmaster of the Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra, and holds positions at the South Bend Symphony Orchestra (Assistant Concertmaster), the Rockford Symphony Orchestra (Principal Second Violin) , and the Des Moines Metro Opera Orchestra. She also frequently performs with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, and has played with various ensembles such as the Minnesota Orchestra, Chicago Philharmonic, and the Civic Orchestra of Chicago which she served as a Concertmaster in the 2009/10 Season.
As the winner of the first place and audience prize from the Plowman Chamber Music Competition 2015, Azusa is an active chamber musician. She was the violinist of the Petar Jankovic Ensemble which is a unique chamber ensemble group, made up of a string quartet led by a classical guitar. With them, Azusa widely toured in the US and abroad. She also heavily contributed to their new CD "(Com) Passionate" which was released in 2014.
Azusa has appeared as a soloist with the College of DuPage Chamber Orchestra, and attended many summer festivals including the Spoleto Festival USA and the Pacific Music Festival in Sapporo, Japan which she spent three summers and led the orchestra as a concertmaster. Throughout her musical experience, she played under world-class conductors such as Bernard Haitink, Fabio Luisi, Alan Gilbert, Esa-Pekka Salonen and Riccardo Muti.
Born in Chiba, Japan, Azusa Tashiro began her violin studies at the age of 4. She earned her Bachelor of Music degree from Toho Gakuen School of Music under Kenji Kobayashi. In 2008, Azusa came to United States and attended Chicago College of the Performing Arts as a student of Nathan Cole. She went on to receive her Master of Music degree at DePaul University School of Music while studying with the renown violinist, Ilya Kaler.