Winner of the prestigious Primrose International Viola Competition in 2011, Ayane Kozasa also captured the Competition’s Mozart Award for the best chamber music performance, as well as its Askim Award for her performance of the Competition’s commissioned work. A winner of Astral Artists’ 2012 National Auditions, Ms. Kozasa was also the recipient of a 2012 S&R Washington Award. She was named principal violist of the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia in 2013, and has been featured in The Strad and Strings magazines. Festival appearances include Marlboro Music Festival, the West Cork Chamber Music Festival, Angel Fire’s Young Artists Program, and the Steans Music Institute at the Ravinia Festival. A recent graduate from the Kronberg Academy Masters in Germany studying with Nobuko Imai, Ayane also graduated from the Curtis Institute of Music studying with Misha Amory and Roberto Diaz. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Music from the Cleveland Institute of Music, studying with Kirsten Docter and William Preucil, and has worked with notable teachers such as Michael Tree, Nathan Cole, Cyrus Forough, and Philip Lewis.