Kotowa Machida
Kotowa Machida | Picture: Stefan Höderath



Born in Tokyo, Japan
Member since 01.09.1997


When she was three, her mother asked Kotowa Machida if she’d rather learn piano or violin. Although she chose the violin, her great love for this instrument only truly began when she was 15. After her music studies in Tokyo, she went to Frankfurt on a DAAD scholarship and became a pupil of Edith Peinemann. She attended numerous master classes, including that of Rainer Kussmaul. 

Before joining the Berliner Philharmoniker, she was Concertmaster of the Württemberg Philharmonic in Reutlingen for four years. Kotowa Machida’s chamber music activities include membership of the Ensemble Berlin, the Venus Ensemble, the Berlin Baroque Soloists and in the Berlin Klangforum with Wenzel Fuchs. The violinist, who enjoys reading, painting and solving sudoku puzzles, has one uncommon hobby: interior design and architecture.


Brahms Prize of the Baden-Baden Brahms Society

Ensembles of the Berliner Philharmoniker

Venus Ensemble Berlin
Berliner Barock Solisten

If I were not a musician …
How Kotowa Machida relaxes while chopping vegetables.

Kotowa Machida holds a large wooden bowl with rice and fish.
Kotowa Machida | Picture: Thomas Meyer

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