Assistant Principal Viola
Kaori Wilson has been Assistant Principal Viola with the Hong Kong Philharmonic since she joined, in 1996. Born in Yokohama, Japan, her introduction to classical music began on the violin, at the age of four. A full decade later, she started playing in a chamber music group, and on the viola, taking two years to choose the viola as her instrument.
Kaori Wilson's studies have taken her to Toho University, working with Nobuo Okada, on to the Queensland Conservatory of Music in Brisbane Australia, where she studied with John Curro on full scholarship, and finally here to Hong Kong, where she had a two-year full scholarship at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, studying with Barry Wilde.
Festival performances include the 1991 Nagano Aspen Music Festival, where she was Principal Viola, and the 1995 Pacific Music Festival, both in Japan.
Kaori lives in Hong Kong with her husband and two children, Kohana and Kenzo.