Yuriko Yasuda Violin, Principal
Violinist Yuriko Yasuda has served as the principal second violinist of the Alabama Symphony Orchestra since September 2005. Prior to her engagement with the orchestra, Yasuda was a member of the New World Symphony in Miami and was a concertmaster of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago. Other orchestral experiences include Tanglewood Music Festival, the National Repertory Orchestra, the Festival Choir and Orchestra of Bach International Academy in Stuttgart, Germany, and the Pacific Music Festival in Japan.
Born and raised in Sapporo, Japan, Yasuda won her first competition when she was twelve. She holds a bachelor's degree in violin performance from the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, and a master's degree from the Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, Ill. While a student at NIU, Yasuda won the concerto competition in 2000. Her principal teachers include Shmuel Ashkenasi and Masuko Ushioda. Yasuda is active as a chamber musician and a recitalist in Japan as well as in the United States.
Yasuda and her husband, Truong Nguyen, are happy to announce the arrival of their daughter, Linh, who was born in June, 2008.