Tsuna Sakamoto

Academic Area

  • Instrumental Music and Conducting
  • School

  • Rome School of Music, Drama, and Art
  • Tsuna Sakamoto, section violist of the National Symphony Orchestra since 1998, was born in Tokyo, Japan. Before her arrival in Washington, D.C., she was a member of the violin section of the San Antonio Symphony Orchestra. She has also served as principal second violinist with the Richmond Symphony Orchestra of Indiana, associate concertmaster with the Mansfield Symphony Orchestra, assistant principal violist with the Aspen Chamber Orchestra and, in the 2002-2003 season, she served as principal violist with the Kansas City Symphony Orchestra.

    In addition to her duties with the National Symphony, Ms. Sakamoto is co-principal violist of the Eclipse Chamber Orchestra. She recently was featured with the Eclipse Chamber Orchestra in Tom Myron's viola concerto, written for her and dedicated to her. As a founding member of the Potomac String Quartet, she has recorded and released the critically acclaimed complete eleven string quartets of David Diamond and complete nine string quartets of Quincy Porter on the Albany Records label. The Potomac String Quartet's recording project has been funded by Aaron Copland Foundation.

    She frequently appears as a chamber artist with the 21st century Consort and the Manchester String Quartet.

    Ms. Sakamoto maintains a private teaching studio, and also teaches in the NSO Youth Fellowship program. She is a coach for the American Youth Symphonic Orchestra, and is an adjunct faculty at the Catholic University of America and University of Maryland. She has given master classes at universities and high schools throughout the United States and Japan. Ms. Sakamoto studied at the Toho Academy School of Music, Cincinnati Conservatory, and the Ohio State University. Her teachers include Edward Adelson, Allyson Dawkins, Heidi Castleman, Masumi Ogawa, Kenji Kobayashi, Naoko Tanaka, Kurt Sassmannshaus, Dorothy DeLay, Larry Shapiro, and Michael Davis.

    February 2008