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Taka Matsunaga

Violin/Viola, MA
Director of the Midwest Conservatory of Music
Music Director of the Midwest Philharmonic Orchestra
Member of the Trio di Amici

Taka Matsunaga studied the violin with principal players of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, including David Taylor, Joseph Golan and Robert Chen, while attending the Chicago College of Performing Arts of Roosevelt University and Northeastern Illinois University, where he served as Graduate Assistant and received a Master of Arts in Music under the direction of David Taylor. From 1999-2001, he was a regular member of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago: a training orchestra of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. In March of 2000, he performed at Carnegie Hall as a member of the Civic Orchestra under the baton of Maestro Daniel Barenboim during the orchestra’s New York tour. In the summer of 2001, he won an audition of the National Orchestral Institute of the University of Maryland as a full-scholar musician.

Taka has played the violin with the Illinois Symphony Orchestra, South Bend Symphony Orchestra, Whiting Park Festival Orchestra and Southwest Michigan Symphony Orchestra, where he served as an Assistant Concertmaster.

Through these experiences as a musician, Taka has acquired the invaluable knowledge needed to be such a versatile violinist and sensitive, influential teacher. His innate sense as a musician has given him the ability to connect with each and every one of his students. Here at the Midwest Conservatory of Music, he has brought to life a world in which violin playing is available to all.

He is a good-standing member of the American String Teachers Association (ASTA) and is a founder of the Midwest Conservatory of Music and Midwest Philharmonic Orchestra.