Meet the Performers

Yui Sakai started learning violin at the age of seven with Suzuki Methods in Japan. She has been actively involved in music, performing at local charity concerts and nursing centers with her fellow musicians since elementary school. She was the president of Suwa Seiryo High School Chamber Music Club in her junior year. Sakai participated in the 34th Junior Classical Music Competition in Japan in 2018, and received the Silver Award in the Senior Violin Section of Nagano Prefecture Finals and the Judges’ Award in the Senior Violin Section at Nationals. She is a Gender Studies and Psychology double major at Mount Holyoke College, and is the current concertmaster of the Mount Holyoke Symphonic Orchestra.


Pianist Akiko Tsukamoto is an active solo, collaborated in chamber music and piano duo musician. She came to the U.S. in 1999 and attended the Yale University School of Music. A winner of the Nishinihon International Music Competition, she has performed and collaborated with members of the Kyushu Philharmonic Orchestra. Also, Akiko has been an enthusiastic music educator. Currently, she maintains private piano studio in Watertown, MA where she enjoys teaching with both children and adults. She is a member of the MA Music Teachers Association, Music Teachers National Association and the Lexington Music Club.  Akiko graduated from the Toho Gakuen School of Music. She is also a certified teacher of the Alexander Technique and a member of the American Society for the Alexander Technique.  Akiko is the President and Executive Director of the Boston Charity Concert since 2013.