Meet the Performers

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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. 

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.

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