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- Viola BA/ MA – Paris – Conservatoire National Supérieur de musique et de danse de Paris – Jean Sulem – (2011-2016)
- Exchange – Cleveland Institute of Music – Jeffrey Irvine – (2013)
- Viola MA – Berlin – Hochschule für Musik „Hanns Eisler“ – Tabea Zimmermann – (2016-2020)
Ass. Principal Viola Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin
Kei Tojo, viola, finished a master’s degree at the National Conservatory of Music and Dance in Paris (CNSMDP) in the class of Jean Sulem and continued her studies with Tabea Zimmermann in Berlin. She also studied with Jeffrey Irvine at the Cleveland Institute of Music in the United States. She arrived in Paris in 2010 and successively won international competitions such as the Lionel Tertis in England (2nd prize and the prize for the contemporary piece), the William Primrose in the United States (honorable mention and Best Bach performance prize), the Hradec Beethoven in the Czech Republic (2nd prize). She has also won the 2nd prize, the J.S.Bach Award, the Special Prize for a Japanese Work, and the Public Prize at the 3rd Tokyo International Viola Competition in Japan. Passionate about orchestra, she was selected by the Academy of the Radio France Philharmonic Orchestra for the 2012/13 season, the Orchestre de Paris for the 2014/15, and Karajan-Akademie of the Berlin Philharmonic 2017/19.
Recently she has performed as first principal viola in Royal Danish Orchestra 2021/22 and as third solo viola in Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra 2022/23. She was also invited as principal viola in Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre de Paris and Japan Philharmonic Orchestra. For the season 2023/24, she will join The Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin as associate principal Viola.