Stefani Collins Matsuo

Stefani Collins Matsuo

GREENSBORO — Audiences at the Greensboro Symphony Orchestra and Eastern Music Festival likely remember Stefani Collins Matsuo.

The violinist from Summerfield has performed as a guest soloist with the Greensboro Symphony, and won the concerto competition at the Greensboro-based Eastern Music Festival while studying there in 2003.

Now 29, Matsuo has added another achievement to her long list of prizes and credits since her days in Greensboro.

She has been appointed associate concertmaster of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra in Ohio.

She had played with the orchestra’s second violin section since 2015. Auditions for that and seven other orchestra positions attracted candidates from around the world, the orchestra said.

“Praised by the Washington Post for her ‘temperament and clear musical purpose’ and ‘great technical maturity,’ violinist Stefani Matsuo is emerging as one of today’s most promising talents,” the orchestra said on its website in announcing the appointment.

The daughter of Karen Stefanik Collins and Mark Collins, Matsuo got her first violin when she was 15 months old and studied with her mother, a Greensboro Symphony violinist. She played with the Greensboro Symphony Youth Orchestra.

She graduated from the UNC School of the Arts, then did her undergraduate work at the Cleveland Institute of Music in Ohio.

She received her master’s degree from The Juilliard School, the prestigious performing arts conservatory in New York.

In the 2012-2013 season, Matsuo made her New York debut in Alice Tully Hall performing the Britten Violin Concerto under the baton of Jeffrey Kahane.

She made her solo recital debut at the Phillips Collection in Washington D.C. She was the winner of 2012 Washington International Competition, and also won the 2012 Juilliard Concerto Competition and was top prizewinner at the 2011 Michael Hill International Competition.

She also served as concertmaster of Symphony in C in Collingswood, N.J.

Matsuo is a co-artistic director of Concert: Nova.

Along with her husband, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra cellist Hiro Matsuo, she founded the 2M Duo. The duo made its international debut in Taiwan in 2017.

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