Japanese violinist/violist Shizuka Inoue was the second prize and the audience award winner of the 8th Tokyo Music Competition in 2008. A graduate of the Toho Gakuen School of Music in Tokyo, she had established her career in Tokyo, Japan, as soloist and chamber musician as well as orchestra musician and recording artist. Recently, she has relocated to Philadelphia, expanding her performing arena on the East Coast. Among other influential teachers, she was under the tutelage of Koichiro Harada and studied chamber music with Sadao Harada, both the original members of the Tokyo String Quartet. Working closely with conductor Seiji Ozawa, she has performed frequently with the Saito Kinen Orchestra and Mito Chamber Orchestra; and has also appeared in numerous festivals in Japan and the US including the Aspen Music Festival, the Saito Kinen Festival Matsumoto, and La Folle Journée de Niigata. As a chamber musician, she has collaborated with principal musicians from the Vienna Philharmonic in Volkhard Steude (concertmaster) and Ernst Ottensamer (principal clarinetist). Ms. Inoue is a regular member of the Kioi Hall Chamber Orchestra Tokyo, and has lately been enjoying collaborations with Hidemi Suzuki, period cellist and conductor, performing chamber music with him and joining in his period instrument group Orchestra Libera Classica which specializes in the late 18th- century repertoire.