Violist Ayane Kozasa, won the prestigious Primrose International Viola Competition in 2011, also taking that competition’s Mozart Award for best chamber music performance and Askim Award for performance of the competition's commissioned work. She was named principal violist of the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia in 2013. A winner of Astral Artists' 2012 National Auditions and prizewinner at the Irving M. Klein International String Competition, she has participated in numerous festivals, including the Marlboro Music Festival, Steans Music Institute at Ravinia, Aspen Music Festival, and Norfolk Chamber Music Festival. Ms. Kozasa performs as a member of the Aizuri Quartet, resident string quartet at the Curtis Institute of Music. She holds a Bachelor's degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music (CIM), where she studied with Kirsten Docter. She also studied violin with William Preucil while at CIM, and has also worked with Michael Tree, Nathan Cole, Cyrus Forough, and Philip Lewis.