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Meet the Performers


Toshimitsu “Toshi” Motoyama is a violinist who plays piano trios with pianist Clara Chan and cellist Duke Roth and has performed as a member of New Philharmonia Orchestra and Apollo Ensemble. Born in Tokyo, Japan, he started studying violin when he was four years old. He was one of the founding members of Teatro alla Galleria, a community opera theater, where he was concertmaster of the orchestra. In 1998, he moved to Boston to pursue a career as a software engineer, specializing in computer vision and machine learning. A few years later, he started organizing the Afternoon Concert series with his friends, and its 29th concert was held in 2021. He studied violin with Hiroko Masaoka and Ronan Lefkowitz. 

Yoko Schwarz resides and teaches piano in Lexington, Massachusetts. Born in Tokyo, she began playing piano at the age of three. After graduating from Toho Music School, she earned her B.A. degree at the Conservatoire National Superieur de Musique and Dance de Paris. Schwarz has performed in nationally broadcast festivals in the United States, Europe and Japan, including the Aspen Music Festival, the William Kapell, Lugano, Delemont, Noyer-sur-Serein, the KMF Music Festival and the International Rachmaninoff Musical Festival. Today, she regularly accompanies local musicians, performs in recitals. Also she is a member of the Lexington Music Club and New England Piano Teachers’ Association. Schwarz has been a member of BCC since 2013.

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