Mio Unosawa Herzog



How you started playing your instrument

When I was three years old, I watched famous violinist with the orchestra on TV.  At that moment, I decided that’s what I wanted to do. When I became four, my mother brought me to a violin lesson. My very first job was as a violinist. Eventually, I performed with the same orchestra on the same TV program that I saw when I was three years old.

Favorite Composer

Bach, Mahler

Favorite Solo Piece

Bach: Goldberg Variations

Activities, hobbies, interests outside of music

Spend time with my family

Guilty Pleasure

Smooth sweet bean paste

More about Mio Unosawa Herzog

Mio Unosawa Herzog has been performing as First Violin with the Hawaii
Symphony Orchestra since the fall of 2014. Prior to her current position, Mio was a member of the New Japan Philharmonic, led by Seiji Ozawa, for 16 years. With the Tokyo-based New Japan Philharmonic, Mio has performed an extensive repertoire throughout the world and appears on over 20 recordings and academy award winning motion picture sound tracks, such as Spirited Away, Howl’s Moving Castle, Ponyo. Mio is also a former First Violinist of the Honolulu Symphony Orchestra, and has performed with several other orchestras, such as the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra, the Septnis Chiba Orchestra, and the Greenwich Chamber Orchestra in Connecticut. As a soloist, she has performed concerti with the New Japan Philharmonic and has performed recitals throughout Japan, and in Connecticut, Colorado and New York City. Mio has also performed in various chamber music settings, including the NJP String Quartet, the Tokyo Arts Trio, and her Violin/Piano duo with Chiaki Sawada.

Mio Unosawa Herzog was born in Chiba, Japan and started playing the violin at age 4. After graduating from the Tokyo National Fine Arts & Music High School, she continued her studies at the prestigious Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music (“ Tokyo Geidai “), where she received her Bachelor of Music degree. Her teachers include Prof. Gerhard Bosse, Prof. Kousaku Yamaoka, Michelle Kim (NYP), Garrett Fischbach (MET). Mrs. Herzog participated in the Aspen Music Festival, the Nagano Music Festival, the Affinis Music Festival, the Pacific Music Festival, and was invited to return to the Pacific Music Festival International Orchestra as an Alumni Artist. She won 1st Prize in the Japan National Classical Music Competition, 3rd Prize in the Japan International League of Artists Music Competition, and a Special Prize at the Concert Vivant Audition in Tokyo.

Mio enjoys teaching, and has maintained string studios in Japan and Hawaii. She holds a teaching certificate from the Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music, and was trained as a Teaching Artist by the New York Philharmonic Education Department. As a Teaching Artist, Mio was involved with several extensive outreach tours throughout Japan with the Tokyo Education Orchestra in collaboration with the New York Philharmonic Education Department.