Violinist Reina Inui is a graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music. She is from Los Angeles, where she studied with Robert Lipsett and Sheryl Staples at the Colburn School. Miss Inui has previously held positions with the Buffalo and Virginia Symphony Orchestras. Last season she was invited to tour China with Pinchas Zukerman and the Pacific Symphony. She has also performed with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, Philly POPS, among others. Performance highlights in Philadelphia include Opera Philadelphia’s gala concert to commemorate the premiere of Kevin Puts’ 2012 Pulitzer Prize-winning opera, Silent Night, a collaboration with the BalletX on their sold-out Fall Series, and a trio composed by Nico Muhly for the Los Angeles Dance Project presented at the Kimmel Center of Performing Arts. On a slightly different note, Miss Inui has played in concert with the late Frank Sinatra, Jr., Johnny Mathis, Il Divo, Gloria Gaynor, Vanessa Williams, Aref Arefkia, Jackie Evancho, and Seth MacFarlane.
Miss Inui won Grand Prize at the Los Angeles Music Center Spotlight Awards and Second Prize at the Los Angeles Philharmonic Bronislaw Kaper Awards. She was a finalist at both Schadt and Julius Stulberg International String Competitions. She has participated in music festivals around the world including Verbier, Tanglewood, Aspen, Sarasota, Villa-Lobos, Saito Kinen, ORFORD, Mozarteum, Princeton, Sunset, Ishikawa Music Academy, Kneisel Hall, ARTOSPHERE, and ENCORE. She was appointed Principal Second Violin of the Curtis Symphony Orchestra during their residency in Verbier, Switzerland. Furthermore, she has worked extensively with Seiji Ozawa and his opera project in Japan.
In her spare time, she enjoys running along the beach and studying French. Her favorite color is hot pink which reminds her of the beautiful bougainvillea in Southern California. For more, please follow reinalaviolinista on Instagram.