Otoha Tabata

A violist who strives for deeper musical insight, brilliance, and sensitivity, Otoha Tabata made her solo debut in London at age 11, and has since been performing as a soloist across Europe and worldwide. At age 10, she entered the Yehudi Menuhin School, growing up both in Japan and the U.K. Her studies were supported by scholarship and the Music and Dance Scheme. Currently, Ms. Tabata studies privately with Nobuko Imai and Jonathan Barritt at the Royal College of Music London, where she receives a full scholarship as a Richard Goulding Scholar supported by the Richard & Susan Jarvis Award. She has been selected as a scholar of the Rohm Music Foundation Japan 2023.  

Recent awards include third prize at the Windsor Festival International String Competition, Promotion Prize at the Anton Rubinstein Viola Competition, and an honorary mention at the Oskar Nedbal Viola Competition. A passionate chamber musician, Ms. Tabata has been invited to several festivals, including Heidelberger Frühling, Open Chamber Music at IMS Prussia Cove, and Ravinia Steans Music Institute. In 2019, HRH [King] Charles III invited her to perform at Clarence House as representative of the Royal College of Music London. 

Since 2023, Ms. Tabata has been the Akademist of the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra and scholarship holder of Villa Musica Chamber Music Academy. She has participated numerous times in the Seiji Ozawa International Academy and the Verbier Festival Academy, where she received the Special Prize of Merit in 2021. Furthermore, she has been involved in outreach projects and worked with Nicola Benedetti as ambassador for the Benedetti Foundation Sessions, where she guided and performed with younger generations of musicians. She is grateful to have been supported by various foundations, including the Hattori Foundation, Drake Calleja Trust, Wolfson Foundation, and the Agency for Cultural Affairs Government of Japan.  

Ms. Otoha performs on a Charles Boullangier viola, kindly loaned by the Royal College of Music.