Born: August 9
All About Jazz called her “the queen of chamber jazz,” violin virtuoso Meg Okura has found the Pan Asian Chamber Jazz Ensemble in 2006. Juilliard trained concert violinist, the composer and jazz violinist has revolutionized the world of chamber jazz by entwining her artful pieces with inspirations from various cultures and countries to create a purely enchanting experience.
Born and raised in Tokyo, Japan, the multi-faceted artist cultivated her adoration for music at the Toho Gakuen School of Music at the young age of five. Talented and determined, Meg’s artistic ability later led to her position as concertmaster and soloist of Asian Youth Orchestra, and eventually her brilliant United States debut with the late Alexander Schneider’s New York String Orchestra at the Kennedy Center in her teenage years. She furthered her education at the Julliard School, earning both bachelors and masters degree in the study of classical violin. Soon, persuaded by her Juilliard professors’ belief in her exceptional talent in composition and improvisation, Meg began to pursue a transition from the classical violin to something even more electrifyingjazz. ...
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