Violinist Jason Issokson began his musical studies at the age of four, and
has since performed on concert stages across the world. As a soloist, Jason
has appeared with many orchestras in the US, as well as with the orchestras
in Italy and with Sendai Philharmonic Orchestra in Japan. Recent recital
engagements include concerts in Albania, Germany, Japan, New York, and Los
Jason completed his undergraduate studies at the Manhattan School of Music
in New York and holds a MM degree from the Thornton School of Music at
University of Southern California – his principal teacher in both schools
was the celebrated violinist, Midori.
Jasons playing has garnered numerous awards and honors, including the top
prize at the 16th International Violin Competition Andrea Postacchini in
Italy, the Rostal Prize at the International Max Rostal Competition for
Violin in Germany, and the New Horizon Fellowship and the Dorothy DeLay
Fellowship at the Aspen Music Festival.
Jason is the first violinist of the recently formed Argus Quartet, dedicated
to challenging the musical status quo through innovative concert
presentations and adventurous repertoire.
The quartet based in Los Angeles – was recently invited to the Juilliard
String Quartet Seminar, and was also named among the winners of the Beverly
Hills National Auditions. Upcoming performances include appearances at
several music festivals and concert series in Southern California, including
Laguna Beach Live!, Sundays Live at LACMA, and the Amsterdam Cello Biënnale.
Jasons passion for narrative both musical and otherwise is
unmistakable. The recipient of an Annenberg Graduate Fellowship from USCs
Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, Jason is constantly
exploring the intersections of storytelling and music-making. His writing
about classical music can be found on Neon Tommy: Annenberg Digital News and
the LA Weekly.