Rick Shinozaki, violin
As one of the most active string players in the Bay Area, Rick Shinozaki happily resides in both orchestral and chamber music worlds.
In addition to serving as Principal Second Violinist of Symphony Silicon Valley, he is violinist with the acclaimed Del Sol String Quartet and the Shinozaki-Jacobson Duo, and is Concert Master of the Nova Vista Symphony. Rick has served regularly as Concert Master, and recently as soloist, with the Vallejo Symphony.
As Concert Master of the Hot Springs Festival Orchestra, Rick has performed as soloist in Bottesini's Grand Duo Concertante and participated in recordings of James Price Johnson's Yamekraw and Louis Moreau Gottschalk's Second Symphony for the Naxos label.
Other solo performances include Durwynne Hsieh's Concerto for Marimba, Violin and Orchestra (premiered with the West Marin Festival Orchestra, and later performed with the San Francisco Concerto Orchestra and Marin Symphony) and the world premiere of Viennese composer Zdzislaw Wysocki's Concerto for Two Violins and Orchestra with Kent Nagano, the Berkeley Symphony and violinist sister, Karen Shinozaki.
A protégé of Serban Rusu of Tiburon, Rick was concertmaster of the Marin Youth and San Francisco Youth Symphony Orchestras. He received a Master of Music from Indiana University, studying extensively with legendary pedagogue Josef Gingold and internationally recognized soloist Yuval Yaron.