Kaoru Yamada enjoys a varied career as a soloist, chamber musician and an orchestra player. She made her debut at Wigmore Hall in 2006 with her duo partner Sholto Kynoch (supported by the Kirckman Concert Society) and was invited back there in 2008 and 2010. Recent appearances include the Chichester Festivities and the Maldon Arts Festival, as well as two tours of Scotland as a recipient of a Tunnell Trust Award. Concerto appearances include Haydn’s C major Concerto with the Elgar Chamber Orchestra and the Berg Chamber Concerto with the Cambridge University Chamber Orchestra at St. John’s, Smith Square. She has worked with numerous orchestras in the UK, including the Northern Sinfonia, the Hallé, the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, and the Glyndebourne Touring Orchestra.
Kaoru was born in Shizuoka, Japan, beginning her violin studies there at the age of three. Following her studies with Namiko Umezu and Koichiro Harada at the Toho Gakuen School of Music in Tokyo, she gained a scholarship to the Royal Academy of Music as a post-graduate where she studied with Richard Deakin, completed with Dip RAM (the Academy’s highest award for a final recital) in 2004. During this time, she performed regularly in Tokyo and played in the Seiji Ozawa Opera Project and Saito Kinen Festival in Japan. She completed her studies with Detlef Hahn at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.
Kaoru currently lives in London and is a member of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.