Elly Toyoda (violin) from Osaka, Japan has performed in various festivals in Asia, Europe, and North America. She holds her Bachelor’s degree from Oberlin Conservatory, where she was elected membership to Pi Kappa Lambda of the National Music Honor Society, and did an exchange program in Vienna, Austria upon receiving their Thomastik-Infeld City of Music Scholarship and Fine Arts Scholarship. She earned her Master’s degree from the Yale School of Music where she served as concertmistress of the orchestra, was a finalist of the concerto competition, and received the school’s Alumni Prize. This past year, she has been a semi-finalist of the 2017 Gershwin International Music Competition, and a finalist of the 2018 Eastern Connecticut Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition. An avid supporter of contemporary music, she appeared on programs at the National Sawdust, New York, has premiered works at the Norfolk, Lucerne, and Talis Festivals, and will be attending the Eighth Blackbird Creative Lab this summer. Toyoda is currently a full-scholarship Doctoral student at Rutgers University studying with Yura Lee, serving as concertmistress of the Rutgers Symphony Orchestra.