muneko otani
violin currently on the faculty of Columbia University, Artist Associate at Williams College, assistant to Lewis Kaplan at the Mannes College of Music, as and has taught at the Mozarteum Summer Academy in Salzburg.

As the first violinist of the Cassatt String Quartet she has appeared in the US, Canada and Mexico as well as in Europe and Asia. Major venues have included Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center, the Library of Congress, Palacio de Bellas Artes and the Bastille Opera House.

As a chamber musician, she has collaborated with Walter Trampler, Martin Lovett, Marc Johnson, Paul Katz, Kazuhide Isomura, Masuko Ushioda, Colin Carr, and Lawrence Lesser.

Ms. Otani has held fellowships at the Banff Festival, the Tanglewood Summer Festival, Norfolk festival, and at Yale University as assistant to the Tokyo Quartet.

She has served as a panelist for the Juilliard Concerto Competition, the 2019 Postacchini International Violin competition, the Barlow Prize for composition and Chamber Music Amerca's Residency Program.

She received a Bachelor of Music degree in both performance and education from the Toho Academy of Music in Japan, where she studied with Toshiya Eto. She then continued her training at the New England Conservatory, where her principal teachers were Masuko Ushioda and Louis Krasner.

Ms. Otani plays a 1770 J. B. Guadagnini of Parma violin.