Born in Tokyo, Yoko Kanamaru began playing the violin at the age of five and switched to viola at nineteen. She studied at the Toho Gakuen School in Tokyo, the Hanns Eisler Musikhochschule in Berlin and at the Freiburg and Amsterdam conservatories. Her teachers have included Kim Kashkashian, Wolfram Christ and Nobuko Imai.
Yoko Kanamaru won the Johannes Brahms Competition and the Premio Valentino Bucchi, and was a prizewinner at the Moscow viola competition. She was awarded the Carl Seemann Prize at the Felix Mendelssohn Competition.
Yoko Kanamaru has performed the solo part in Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 6 with the Moscow Soloists conducted by Yuri Bashmet and performed with the Freiburger Kammerorchester, the Baden-Badener Philharmonie and the Kanagawa Philharmonic Orchestra.
She joined the viola section of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in 2003. She was also principal violist with the Limburg Symphony Orchestra in 2012-2013.
Her CD recordings include Landscape of Chaconnne and The Last Bard: Alessandro Appegnani.
Read more about Yoko Kanamaru on her website.