Columbus Symphony Orchestra Musicians

Kenichiro Matsuda


Kenichiro Matsuda, violist, is a native of Japan. Ken came to the United States in 1977 to study with Nobuko Imai of the Vermeer Quartet at Northern Illinois University (B.M. and M.M. in Viola performance) after three and a half years with the New Japan Philharmonic in Tokyo under Seiji Ozawa.

He has been a member of Grant Park Symphony, Grand Rapids Symphony, and Buffalo Philharmonic before he joined the Columbus Symphony Orchestra In 1986.

Ken is a member of the Cygnus String Quartet with his Columbus Symphony colleagues and has directed “Hanamizuki no Kai” (Columbus Japanese Women’s Chorus) since its inception in 1995.

Currently, he is an adjunct instructor of viola at Capital University.

In the past summers, he has been on faculty at the MasterWorks Festival and Csehy Summer School of Music.

He plays a 2018 viola by Tetsuo Matsuda of Barrington, IL and this is Ken’s fifth Matsuda viola since 1985.

Ken is the creator of a federally trade marked product called “Masterit,” which is a practice tool that guarantees good results. He is an avid table tennis player, a fan of Chicago MED (TV show) and has recently started to enjoy bike riding on a folding bike. His two adult daughters live in Chicago and New York.