Aiko has been a member of the Australian Chamber Orchestra since 1998. The grand niece of Dr. Suzuki, she began her violin training at the age of three with the Suzuki Method and studied at the Toho Gakuen School of Music in Japan. Aiko received a scholarship to study at the Juilliard School in New York under Dorothy DeLay and Masao Kawasaki, graduating in 1994. In 1995 she made her New York debut at the Carnegie Weil Recital Hall, receiving the highest critical acclaim, and in 1997 she performed for the International Refugee Fund attended by the Japanese Royal Family. Aiko was the Coordinator of Strings at Newark School of the Arts in the USA until 1998.
She has been a member of the Saito Kinen Orchestra since 1995, directed by Seiji Ozawa (she was a Concertmistress for 'the Saito Kinen Festival gig' in 2014). Since 2000 she has held annual solo recitals in Sydney and at the Japanese Embassy in Canberra, and in 2006 gave recitals in Tokyo for the Australia-Japan Year of Exchange.
In 2011 Aiko was invited to be Guest Director and soloist with the Willoughby Symphony Orchestra, and performed in ‘Concert for Japan’, raising funds for the Tohoku Japan Earthquake and Tsunami appeal. Every two years Aiko plays at Nobuko Imai’s Viola and Chamber Music Festival in Japan, and she is a member of Sydney’s Sonus Piano Quartet.
Aiko enjoys teaching and sharing her love of music with young musicians. She is a mentor for the ACO Emerging Artists Program and ACO Collective, and has tutored at the Australian Youth Orchestra’s National Music Camp. Aiko has directed the ACO Academy program in July annually since 2012. She also directed the ACO2 tour of Tasmania in 2012.
In August 2016, Aiko received a commendation from the Japanese Foreign Ministry on the occasion of the 40th anniversary of the signing of the Basic Treaty of Friendship and Cooperation between Japan and Australia.
Aiko performs on a violin made by the French instrument maker Jean Baptiste Vuillaume.
Chair sponsored by Anthony & Sharon Lee Foundation
Choose from the performances below where Aiko Goto appearsSydney, Wed 22 May Newcastle, Fri 14 Jun Sydney, Sun 16 Jun Brisbane, Mon 17 Jun Perth, Wed 19 Jun Melbourne, Sun 23 Jun Melbourne, Mon 24 Jun Sydney, Tue 25 Jun Sydney, Wed 26 Jun Sydney, Fri 28 Jun Sydney, Sat 29 Jun Canberra, Sat 10 Aug Melbourne, Sun 11 Aug Melbourne, Mon 12 Aug Adelaide, Tue 13 Aug Perth, Wed 14 Aug Sydney, Sat 17 Aug Sydney, Sun 18 Aug Brisbane, Mon 19 Aug Sydney, Tue 20 Aug Sydney, Wed 21 Aug Sydney, Fri 23 Aug Cairns, Sat 19 Oct Rockhampton, Tue 22 Oct Bundaberg, Wed 23 Oct Lismore, Fri 25 Oct Bellingen, Sun 27 Oct Armidale, Tue 29 Oct Canberra, Sat 9 Nov Melbourne, Sun 10 Nov Melbourne, Mon 11 Nov Adelaide, Tue 12 Nov Newcastle, Thu 14 Nov Sydney, Sat 16 Nov Sydney, Sun 17 Nov Brisbane, Mon 18 Nov Sydney, Tue 19 Nov Sydney, Wed 20 Nov Sydney, Fri 22 Nov Melbourne, Wed 4 Dec