Chizuko "Cheeko" Matsusaka

Chizuko "Cheeko" Matsusaka

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Cello

First Season with SO: 2002

Hometown: Newton, Massachusetts

Degrees/Colleges: Undergraduate degree from New England Conservatory in Boston with Laurence Lesser and masters degrees at SUNY Stonybrook with Timothy Eddy and at Carnegie Mellon in Pittsburgh with Anne Williams.

Award / Musical Accomplishment you are most proud of: A prizewinner at the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition.

Style and make of your instrument: Cello made by English luthier Benjamin Banks from 1790.

Hobbies / interests: Knitting, spinning and writing

Personal Fact / Something you would like people to know about you: Student of Aikido

My dream is to: As a student of Aikido, I would love to return to Japan to visit the original dojo and study Shodo and Ikebana.

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Reviews

Written byHerald Tribune

 There's no doubt, audiences are thrilled by the Sarasota Orchestra's new music director, Anu Tali. She's brought an intense energy from the orchestra in previous performances and we found this yet again in a downright thrill ride of an encounter...  

Written byHerald Tribune

 Literally gripping the arms of my seat, I was not the only one propelled on this rollercoaster of delightful music.  

Written byHerald Tribune

 Every section and soloist within the orchestra played their role with strength and beauty; every tree proud and tall. Tali served as an excellent guide leading the forces with assured confidence. The overall sound was lush and, yes, intense just where it needed to be.  

Written byHerald Tribune

 The Sarasota Orchestra was brimming with bubbling energy...  

Written byHerald Tribune

 A lifetime of musical moments, cinematic in scope, gave every section of the orchestra a leading role at one time or another. Chief among them was the virtuosic solo of concertmaster Daniel Jordan.  

Written byHerald Tribune

 It was a thrill ride resulting in an explosion of audience enthusiasm.  

Written byHerald Tribune

 Tali conveyed a clear vision for the dramatic outline of this symphony, carefully pacing the darker, searching character of the music with pastoral conversations among voices in the orchestra.  

Written byThe Observer

 If you haven’t seen Tali yet, this will be a great introduction to the skyrocketing conductor who’s quickly becoming a household name around the world. You’ll see why we feel we’re lucky to have her here.  

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