Oregon Symphony Musician Bio
Violin, Janet & Richard Geary Concertmaster Chair
Before being named concertmaster of the Oregon Symphony, violinist Jun Iwasaki served in the same position with the Canton Symphony Orchestra from 2005 to 2007. He has also been a member of Sejong, a conductor-less chamber ensemble based in New York.
Born in Tokyo, Iwasaki began violin study at the age of 5 and by 12 made his solo debut with the Peoria Symphony Orchestra In 2002, he and his quartet won the grand prize at the Coleman Chamber Music Competition. He has appeared with numerous orchestras, including the Blossom Festival Orchestra, Rome (GA) Philharmonic, New Bedford Symphony, Canton Symphony, Richardson Symphony, Cleveland Pops Orchestra, Plano Symphony Orchestra and the Cleveland Institute of Music Orchestra. In addition, he has served as concertmaster of Asian Artists and Concerts Orchestra and guest concertmaster of the National Arts Center Orchestra in Ottawa in 2006.
As a chamber musician Iwasaki has participated in many festivals around the world, including the Mainly Mozart Festival, Sitka Chamber Music Festival, Seattle Chamber Music Society, Chamber Music Northwest, Okinawa Moonbeach, Amelia Island Chamber Music, La Jolla Summerfest, Great Mountains Music Festival and School in Korea and the New York String Seminar, among others.
Recent chamber-music engagements include a performance in the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall and solo recitals in Tokyo and Sapporo, Japan. He also participated in a chamber-music recital tour throughout Japan in 2004.
His Bachelor and Master of Music degrees are from the Cleveland Institute of Music, where he studied with William Preucil. Iwasaki was also the sole participant of the Cleveland Institute of Music’s Concertmaster Academy in 2006. Former teachers include Philip Lewis, founder and artistic director of Chamber Music International, and Betsy Jones, violinist with the Peoria Symphony Orchestra.