Born in Kawasaki, Japan and raised in London, Daichi originally started taking violin lessons aged 5, being inspired by his mother who was a budding musician herself. He eventually switched to viola halfway through his studies at Chetham’s School of Music, in Manchester.
After Chetham’s, Daichi completed both his undergraduate and postgraduate degrees at the Royal Academy of Music, studying with Juan-Miguel Hernandez, Jim Sleigh and Hélène Clément. At the Royal Academy, he was lucky enough to be involved in a performance of Mahler’s 2nd Symphony at the Royal Festival Hall, conducted by Semyon Bychkov; this experience truly cemented his passion for orchestral playing. Since graduating in 2022, Daichi has had the pleasure of working with various orchestras across the UK, such as the Philharmonia, BBC National Orchestra of Wales and the Hallé, as well as the CBSO.
Aside from orchestral playing, Daichi has a particular interest in contemporary music, specifically solo viola repertoire and gave the premiere of Sohrab Uduman’s ‘Elogia’ in 2021. He also has a deep love for chamber music and has collaborated with esteemed artists such as Andrés Diaz, Masumi Rostad and members of the St. Lawrence and Borromeo Quartets.