Born in Tokyo, Japan, Sayaka Kokubo has earned honors, prizes, and awards from many competitions and foundations including the Primrose International Competition, Pasadena Instrumental Competition, Carmel Music Society Competition, Music Academy of the West Concerto Competition, Ohmagari Music Competition, Maestro Foundation, Colburn Foundation and Leni Febland Foundation. Her radio appearances include KUSC, K-Mozart, and KCBX.
The Peninsula Review praised Sayaka’s playing “The real tour de force…mature polished playing that was truly artistic and simply the best viola playing.” The America Viola Society Magazine described her Paganini as “... just dazzling!”
Sayaka studied viola with Donald McInnes at the University of Southern California Thornton School of Music, with Robert Lipsett and Ronald Leonard at the Colburn Conservatory and with Masao Kawasaki at the College-Conservatory of Music, University of Cincinnati. She joined Seattle Symphony in 2007.