Chihiro Kakishima, violinist, is a young and gifted performer from Ann Arbor, Michigan. Currently residing in Rochester, New York, Chihiro is pursuing her Masters of Music degree at the Eastman School of Music under the tutelage of Renée Jolles.
Musical highlights in Michigan include concerto appearances with the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra in Hill Auditorium and the Michigan Pops Orchestra. She frequently plays with a wide range of orchestras including the Lansing Symphony Orchestra, the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra, and the Chautauqua Music School Festival Orchestra, of whom she also served as concertmaster. As an avid chamber musician, Chihiro has been fortunate to work with outstanding University of Michigan faculty. Recent performances include a presentation of Mendelssohn’s Octet and music of Sergei Taneyev, featuring violinist Aaron Berofsky, violinist and violist Kathryn Votapek, violist Yizhak Schotten, cellist Anthony Elliott, and pianist Amy I-Lin Cheng.
Chihiro previously earned her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan with a double major in violin performance and biomolecular science, as well as a minor in international studies. Her past teachers of note include Aaron Berofsky and Kathryn Votapek. As an enthusiastic teacher, Chihiro teaches in various settings including her private studio, group classes, and chamber coachings with students of all ages. Currently, she also serves as a teaching assistant to Professor Jolles at the Eastman School of Music.