William Barbini and Kineko Okamura
Born in Tokyo, violinist KINEKO OKUMURA was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship at the Manhattan School of Music. Miss Okumura is also a graduate of the Juilliard School, where she studied with Oscar Shumsky. She is the winner of a number of grants and competitions, including the prestigious Paganini International Competition. She was a member of the New York Chamber Orchestra and Principal Second Violin with the New Jersey Symphony before moving to California.. An active musician in the Bay Area, she has been serving as concertmaster of the Solano Symphony, has appeared in the Midsummer Mozart Festival and others. Miss Okumura appears regularly with Music Now and the Chamber Music Society of Sacramento, has been soloist with the Sacramento Symphony, as well as being featured at the Beethoven Festival, the Mozart in Monterey Festival, the Bear Valley Festival, the Brevard Festival and the Waterloo Festival. Other performances include recitals in Boston, New York, Tokyo, and Italy.
Mr. Barbini has been regarded as one of the most prominent musicians in Sacramento since his arrival with his equally talented wife, Kineko Okumura. Recruited from the first violin section of the New York Philharmonic, where he performed twice as soloist, Carter Nice called him the most outstanding violinist in Northern California. Consequently, as Concertmaster of the Sacramento Symphony, Mr. Barbini was heard in all of the major concertmaster solos, as well as fourteen major concertos. A member of the faculties of CSUS and the S.F. Conservatory, he is committed to the development of young musicians, many of whom have won national competitions and have attended practically all of the top schools in the US and Europe. The Chamber Music Society of Sacramento, under his directorship has become a stable, highly respected organization. As concertmaster of the Monterey Symphony, S.F. Chamber Orchestra, Pacific Symphony, and others, Mr. Barbini was featured frequently as a soloist. Before attending the Juilliard School, he appeared as soloist with the Tonkunstler Orkestre on their tour of Austria and Germany. His debut at the Musikvereinzall in Vienna received rave reviews… Mr. Barbini played with a large luscious tone and impressive musicality, belying his age... he excelled in the cadenzas with dazzling technique. Other solo appearances include concertos performed with orchestras in Scranton, Wilkes-Barre, and Lancaster, Pa, Niagara Falls, and many chamber ensemble performances in California and Mexico. Mr. Barbini has been a judge for a number of prestigious competitions, including the Kingsville International Competition in Texas.