Violinist, teacher, and producer, Reina Inui, is a graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music. She is from Los Angeles, where she studied with Robert Lipsett and Sheryl Staples at the Colburn School. Miss Inui won Grand Prize at the 1995 Los Angeles Music Center Spotlight Awards and Second Prize at the Los Angeles Philharmonic Bronislaw Kaper Awards. She was a finalist at both Schadt and Julius Stulberg International String Competitions. She has participated in summer music festivals including Tanglewood, Aspen, Sarasota, Saito Kinen, Verbier, ORFORD, Mozarteum, Princeton, Ishikawa Music Academy, Kneisel Hall, ARTOSPHERE and ENCORE. She was Principal Second Violinist of the Curtis Symphony Orchestra during their residency in Verbier, Switzerland. In Japan, she has worked extensively with Seiji Ozawa and his opera project.
Miss Inui has previously held positions with the Buffalo and Virginia Symphony Orchestras. Since returning to Philadelphia, she has performed with the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, Philly POPS, and frequently subs with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. Performance highlights in Philadelphia include the Opera Philadelphia’s gala concert to commemorate the premiere of Kevin Puts’ 2012 Pulitzer Prize winning opera, ‘Silent Night,’ and a collaboration with the BalletX on their sold-out Fall Series. She has also been presented at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts with the Los Angeles Dance Project in a trio composed by Nico Muhly. On a slightly different note, Miss Inui has played in concert with the late Frank Sinatra, Jr., Johnny Mathis, Il Divo, Jackie Evancho, and Seth MacFarlane.
In her spare time, she loves to run, travel, and to study French. Sponsored by scholarships from the Alliance Française, she has gone abroad to France to study in intensive immersion classes. Miss Inui was featured and chosen by the Alliance Française de Philadelphie to welcome Yannick Nezét-Séguin to the City of Brotherly Love.