Kozue Funakoshi joined the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in 2000, after three years as violinist with the Cleveland Orchestra. A former concertmaster for the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, she studied with Hideyuki Nimura, Joseph Genualdi and Sando Shia.
A native of Yokohama, Japan, Funakoshi grew up in Kamakura. Her father was a rock musician who played guitar and piano, and her mother was a kindergarten teacher. She received first prize at the All Japan Young Musicians Competition in 1987, and she was awarded a full scholarship to the Tokyo College of Music, where she received a bachelor’s degree.
Funakoshi has appeared on the Cleveland Orchestra’s chamber music series and at the Kurashiki Music Festival, directed by Takashi Asahina, and she performed as soloist during the Thüringer Philharmonic Orchestra’s 1993 concert tour in Germany. She also served as concertmaster for the Tokyo College of Music Symphony’s 1993 U.S. concert tour, which took her to Chicago’s Orchestra Hall, and New York’s Carnegie Hall and Kennedy Center.
In 2008, Funakoshi performed with the Asia Philharmonic Orchestra under Myung-Whun Chung.