Leader Maya Iwabuchi

Supported by the Dunard Fund Chair

When did you join the RSNO?
I joined the RSNO in May 2011.

Where are you from?
I was born in Tokyo, Japan.

Where did you study?
I studied in Los Angeles and London.

What do you enjoy most about being in the RSNO?
The warmth of the musicians and management team, and the collective desire to bring music of the highest possible quality and enjoyment to the public.

Tell us your favourite RSNO story/memory so far.
I haven’t been here long enough to recount in any substantial way, but there are some keen bakers in the 1st violins – no birthday in the section goes amiss without a cake! Lovely, no?

What do you enjoy doing when you’re not playing with the Orchestra?
I love experiencing good food and wine with my husband, family and friends. And great art, architecture and cinema. And beautiful countryside. And travelling for all these pleasures.

Do you have any hidden talents?
Hmm, that would be telling… no, thought about it, not much!

You’re stranded on a desert island. You’re allowed 3 CDs and 1 book. What would they be, and why?
Bach Goldberg Variations – how could one not? Schumann Dichterliebe – I first heard it at age 15 – it was life-changing. Bartok Violin Concerto No.2 – to remind me of the reason why I play the violin. BKS Iyengar ‘Light on Yoga’ – should whip me into shape in body and mind.

Watch Maya perform Chevalier de Saint-Georges’ Violin Concerto in A Major: