Koko is a passionate Japanese violinist who loves to share an excitement of making music with everyone. She has given orchestral, recital and chamber music performances in the U.S. and Japan. Koko completed four degrees as a classical violinist. She is currently playing with Canton Symphony and ProMusica Chamber Orchestra in Columbus, OH. Also, she freaquently performs with Pittsburgh Symphony. Koko is currently living in Cleveland, OH, and often travel to Pittsburgh every month. She can provide a highest musical quality and can also put together duets, string trios, string quartets and much much more!!!
Koko played violin for our wedding at Stan Hywet and she was fantastic! Very responsive and made sure everything was perfect for our special day. I would highly recommend her.
For Valentine's Day Koko Watanabe & her accompanying cellist, Ryan Louie, performed as a special symphonic duo surprise for my parents in their home. What a great experience! To have two highly seasoned musicians of such caliber resulted in a very memorable experience, one much greater than I ever expected. We all enjoyed it so much! Ms. Wantanabe set up a fantastic set with varied arrangements from Russian and Hungarian composers to Elvis and the Carpenters, a 1800's minuet, spring & winter music, an excerpt from the opera Carmen, some Mozart(A Little Night Music), Bach, Amazing Grace, and more all presented in the perfect order. Her excellence at performing her craft, especially when observing & listening to her perform the most challenging pieces is so very apparent. We were in awe of her talent & her intensity. You could totally feel the range of emotions of each & every piece. She conveyed the musical meaning of each one perfectly along with her flawless play. To experience Koko's great talent up close and personal is something I can't really explain or convey. Koko made the set up for the surprise so easy and smooth. I wanted a duet and she suggested the addition of a cellist as the second and she obtained Ryan immediately. Their musical talents complimented each other so well resulting in such a complete There is no doubt that Koko's effort behind making her performances special and professional is only second to her violin expertise. Like I said, it was perfect, everything, from beginning to end. The set up process and the execution of the surprise was all so seamless. They both were so personable as well even giving a brief background behind each piece performed as they played which was greatly appreciated by my parents. They were willing to answer any questions we had and were so enjoyable to talk to as well as listen to with a few laughs thrown in. The experience was enjoyable for all of us. I have hired other professional musical performers in the past to play for my parents as a surprise. I am pushing 60 and my father thanked me repeatedly afterwards for this one and kept talking so much about all he enjoyed and how it was the best one of all. To point out just how impressed and thoroughly it was enjoyed, I can only say it this way, in my whole life I have never heard my father ever utter the the word "thanks" to anyone even once for anything.....EVER, much less repeatedly. If you are considering hiring a musical talent or debating between performers, Koko is definitely the one you need to choose. You will surely quickly realize you made the best choice that you ever could have! You will have the best there is with absolutely no concerns at all. She handles it all so effortlessly. The level of performance was such that if I could afford it, I would have very happily paid several times over for this experience without giving it a second thought. Koko's performance just cannot be fully understood without one experiencing it first hand. Koko, you and Ryan made my mom & dad's day, month, and year! And mine as well. Thank you so very much! 10 stars out of 5!
The music was lovely and appropriate for my event. She showed up on time and was professional! Would recommend for any event, not just weddings.
She is a phenomenal violinist. She played for our ceremony and cocktail /reception. Her music was beautifully performed and was very professional. She has incredible talent and was very prepared with all the music we asked her to perform .She Ihas a diverse repertoire of classical and contemporary music. This was an incredible experience for us and our guests. I would hire her again and highly recommend her. Jerry and Charlene Balzer
Our guests and family were mesmerized by the music performed by KoKo and Nataliya. It was the perfect duo for our daughter and son-in-law's wedding. We will definitely recommend them to our friends and family !
Koko plays beautifully. She is reliable and very professional. She made our special day even more special.
Koko was great. Showed up on time, professional, and enthusiastic. Would recommend her and likely to use her services again in the future.
Response from Koko Watanabe:
Thank you, David! It was a pleasure to work with you at the event. I hope to see you again!
KoKo did an amazing job and all of the guests enjoyed her !!
Koko was absolutely a complete pleasure to work with! She is so professional and so pleasant. She was so helpful and willing to learn new music and communicated often!
I was completely thrilled with her and her performance and would absolutely recommend Koko for your event!
Response from Koko Watanabe:
Thanks so much, Yazan! Look forward to playing for you again:)
Koko was very professional and communicated well with me for my wedding. She played beautiful and was absolutely what I was looking for.
Response from Koko Watanabe:
Thanks so much for your kind words! It was so wonderful to be a part of such a beautiful wedding.
Please let me know anytime you need me on your next special days!!
I look forward to playing for you two again.
Price Range: $100 and up(Contact me for details)
Languages: English, Japanese
Past Booked Events
|May 06, 2017 • 3:00pm - 4:00pm||Wedding Ceremony|
|February 14, 2017 • 2:00pm - 3:00pm||Surprise|
|January 16, 2017 • 12:00pm - 12:30pm||Nonprofit Event|
|October 22, 2016 • 3:00pm - 5:30pm||Wedding Ceremony|
|September 03, 2016 • 4:00pm - 5:30pm||Wedding Ceremony|
|July 30, 2016 • 1:00pm - 2:00pm||Wedding Ceremony|
|July 29, 2016–July 30, 2016 • 9:30pm - 12:00am||Nightclub Event|
|July 09, 2016 • 2:30pm - 4:00pm||Wedding Ceremony|
|July 02, 2016 • 5:00pm - 6:00pm||Wedding Cocktail Hour|
|December 19, 2015||Holiday Party (Christmas)|
|November 25, 2015||Birthday (Adult)|
|November 06, 2015||Wedding Ceremony|
|October 03, 2015 • 7:00pm - 8:00pm||Canton Symphony|
|September 30, 2015 • 7:00pm - 8:00pm||Canton(Canton Symphony Orchestra)|
|September 29, 2015 • 7:00pm - 8:00pm||Beechwood(Solo Performance)|
|September 29, 2015||Corporate Event|
|September 27, 2015 • 7:00pm - 8:00pm||Stars in Classics Concert|
|September 26, 2015 • 7:00pm - 8:00pm||Stars in Classics Rehersal|
|September 26, 2015 • 7:00pm - 8:00pm||Lakewood(Wedding)|
|September 26, 2015||Wedding Ceremony|
|September 24, 2015 • 7:00pm - 8:00pm||Ruffing Montessori School|
|September 23, 2015 • 7:00pm - 8:00pm||Aurora School of Music|
|September 06, 2015 • 7:00pm - 8:00pm||Great Lakes Science Center(Wedding)|
|September 02, 2015 • 7:00pm - 8:00pm||Skyline Music|
St Clair Shores, MI
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