Aiko Goto joins Strathfield Symphony in April 2020 for The Scots concert performing Bruch’s Scottish Fantasy.
Aiko has been a member of the Australian Chamber Orchestra since 1998. Beginning her violin training with the Suzuki Method, Aiko studied at the Toho Gakuen School of Music in Japan. She received a scholarship to study at the Juilliard School in New York under Dorothy DeLay and Masao Kawasaki, graduating in 1994. In 1995 she made her New York debut at the Carnegie Weil Recital Hall, she performed for the International Refugee Fund attended by the Japanese Royal Family. Aiko was the Coordinator of Strings at Newark School of the Arts in the USA until 1998.
Aiko has been a member of the Saito Kinen Orchestra since 1995, directed by Seiji Ozawa (she has been a Concertmaster for some programs). Since 2000 she has held annual solo recitals in Sydney and Tokyo and annual charity concerts at the Japanese Embassy in Canberra and in 2006, gave recitals in Tokyo for the Australia-Japan Year of Exchanges. In 2011 Aiko was invited to be Guest Director and soloist with the Willoughby Symphony Orchestra, and performed in “Concert for Japan”, raising funds for the Tohoku Japan Earthquake and Tsunami appeal. Since 2010, Aiko has played at Nobuko Imai’s Viola and Chamber Music Festival in Japan. In 2020, she has played with the Mito Chamber Orchestra, directed by Seiji Ozawa.
Aiko enjoys teaching and sharing her love of music with young musicians. She is a mentor for the ACO’s Emerging Artists Program and ACO Collective, and has tutored at the Australian Youth Orchestra’s National Music Camp. Aiko was a guest director with the ACO2 tour of Tasmania in 2012 and has also directed the ACO Academy program in July annually since 2012. Aiko has tutored at the Seiji Ozawa Music Academy in Kyoto and Matsumoto since 2017.
In 2016, Aiko received a commendation from the Japanese Foreign Ministry on the occasion of the 40th anniversary of the signing of the Basic Treaty of Friendship and Cooperation between Japan and Australia.