Praised by the Washington Post for her “temperament and clear musical purpose” and “great technical maturity,” Stefani Matsuo has emerged as one of today’s great talents. She was appointed Concertmaster of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra in September of 2019. In addition to her extensive work with the CSO, which also performs and records as the Cincinnati Pops, Matsuo serves as a co-artistic director of the innovative chamber ensemble concert:nova, and along with her husband, CSO cellist Hiro Matsuo, co-founded the 2M Duo, which made its international debut in Taiwan in 2017.
Prior to joining the CSO, Matsuo made her New York debut in Alice Tully Hall performing the Britten Violin Concerto with the Juilliard Orchestra under the baton of Jeffrey Kahane. She made her solo recital debut at the Phillips Collection in Washington D.C. as the winner of the 2012 Washington International Competition. Matsuo was also the winner of the 2012 Juilliard Concerto Competition and a laureate of the 2011 Michael Hill International Competition.
As a dedicated chamber musician, Matsuo has collaborated with many distinguished artists including David Aaron Carpenter, Itzhak Perlman, and Dmitry Sitkovetsky, among others. In Cincinnati, she is a regular performer on the Linton Chamber Music Series. In New York City, she performed regularly with Jupiter Chamber Players and Salomé Chamber Orchestra. She also served as concertmaster of Symphony in C and as a member of the first violin section of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra.
She completed her Master’s Degree in Music at The Juilliard School under the tutelage of Sylvia Rosenberg, and has a Bachelor’s degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music where she studied with Paul Kantor. Matsuo originally hails from North Carolina.