Azusa Tashiro is a violinist based in the Chicago area. She is a Concertmaster of the Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra, and holds positions at the South Bend Symphony Orchestra as an Assistant Concertmaster, and the Rockford Symphony Orchestra as a Principal Second Violinist. She has regularly performed with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, and has performed with the Minnesota Orchestra, Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, Fort Wayne Philharmonic, Chicago Philharmonic, Joffrey Ballet, and the Civic Orchestra of Chicago which she was a Concertmaster in the 2009/10 Season. She also served as a Guest Concertmaster in the Orchestra Iowa in the 2018/19 Season.
Azusa is the winner of the first place and audience prize from the Plowman Chamber Music Competition. Her passion for chamber music isn't only limited to traditional classical music repertoire. 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, and released a CD "(Com) Passionate" in 2014. She also frequently performs with the Chicago based Fifth House Ensemble, and Corky Siegel's Chamber Blues, led by the legendary blues harmonica master/singer/composer, Corky Siegel.
Her performance has been heard numerous times on WFMT, Chicago's classical music radio, including their Impromptu series and Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert series. She has appeared as a soloist with the College of DuPage Chamber Orchestra, and participated in music festivals such as the Internationale Sommerakademie für Kammermusik in Frenswegen, Spoleto Festival USA and the Pacific Music Festival in Sapporo which she spent three summers and led the orchestra as a concertmaster.
Born in Chiba, Japan, Azusa Tashiro began her violin studies at the age of four. She earned her Bachelor of Music degree from Toho School of Music. 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, where she studied with Ilya Kaler.