Hiroko Yoshida

Hiroko Yoshida

First Violin

Hiroko Yoshida was born in Japan and began playing violin at the age of five. She graduated with a master’s from Tokyo University of Arts and has won numerous music awards including the NHK audition and the Bunka Broadcasting competition. After winning the competition, she was sent to study under Dorothy DeLay at the Juilliard School of Music on a full scholarship. She attended Meadowmount Summer Music Institute, Aspen Music Festival and School for five years, and the Spoleto Festival in Italy.

Yoshida joined St. Louis Symphony Orchestra in 1975. During those years, she played as a soloist with the SLSO under Leonard Slatkin, playing the Vivaldi Concerto for Four Violins. She also played as a soloist various times with community symphony orchestras such as the Brentwood Orchestra and the St. Charles Orchestra. In addition to being a member of the SLSO for 30 years, she is an active member in the community, playing chamber music and performing various solo functions throughout St. Louis.

She has been teaching for 30 years, teaching about 20 young violinists each year. Many of her students have gone on to major in violin, and have also won recognition in national and state competitions.

Hiroko Yoshida has a son and daughter, both working in business and both former violinists with the St. Louis Symphony Youth Orchestra. She truly enjoys working in the SLSO, and loves the working environment.