Meet The Performers

Chicago Symphony Orchestra - Strings - Viola

Yukiko Ogura


Violist Yukiko Ogura was born in the beautiful and historic city of Nara, in western Japan. She studied violin at Kyoto City University of the Arts, and she subsequently worked with ensembles such as the Kobe City Chamber Orchestra. It was Yuko Mori who was responsible for introducing her to an authentic baroque style of playing, which resulted in working with Mori’s Nagaokakyo Chamber Ensemble in Kyoto. She immigrated to the United States in 2000 and continued her viola studies with Li-Kuo Chang at Roosevelt University’s Chicago College of Performing Arts (CCPA). While at CCPA, she was again selected by Yuko Mori as violist in the Eusia String Quartet, which subsequently won the gold medal at the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition. Her passion for the chamber music repertory has remained a mainspring of her life, even after winning membership in the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in 2001.

In the United States, Ogura has played in many ensembles, including the Chicago Chamber Musicians and the Callisto Ensemble, in Northwestern University’s Winter Chamber Music Festival and in festivals throughout the country. More recently, she has taught at Roosevelt University (CCPA).

Ogura enjoys working with her viola-playing husband on the lesser-known repertory for viola ensembles, sewing and unusual holidays.

September 2012

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