Japanese violist Otoha Tabata currently studies with Nathan Braude at the Royal College of Music London, where she has gained a full scholarship as a Soirée d’Or Scholar, generously supported by the Ladies of the Soirée d’Or Committee. Recent competition successes include First Prize at the 2017 North International Competition, Promotion Prize at the 2018 Anton Rubinstein Viola Competition, and an Honorary Mention at the 2019 Oskar Nedbal Viola Competition.
Performing internationally and across Europe, she has appeared at the Wigmore Hall, the Concertgebouw, and the Queen Elizabeth Hall. In 2017, Otoha performed Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante with SongHa Choi and the Westminster Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Jonathan Butcher. Since 2019, she has been a member of the LGT Young Soloists, performing in numerous concerts and tours around the globe.
Her festival appearances include Manchester Music Festival, Virtuoso&Belcanto, IMS Prussia Cove, and Four Seasons Chamber Music Festival’s Winter Workshop 2019. Otoha was invited to participate in IMS Prussia Cove Open Chamber Music 2019. She has received masterclasses from Bruno Giuranna, Lars Anders Tomter, and Máté Szücs. In July 2020 she will be participating in the Gstaad Menuhin Festival String Academy, and the Verbier Festival Academy in 2021.
At the age of 10, she started her studies at the Yehudi Menuhin School, where she was supported by scholarship and the Music and Dance Scheme. Otoha previously studied violin with Akiko Ono, and viola with Boris Kucharsky and Andriy Viytovych. Recently, she has had the privilege of becoming one of the “Talent Unlimited” artists in the UK. Otoha performs on a Charles Boullangier viola, kindly loaned by the Royal College of Music.