During these last four years of studying with Prof. Callus, I have gained so much that has contributed towards my practicing and my performing abilities. Through my lessons with her, I have created a strong foundation for my practicing habits and have achieved an attitude towards performing like never before. Her emphasis on sound production and performance intent has given me a deeper insight into my future endeavors as a performer. My studies in technique and musicality have excelled significantly. Prof. Callus has guided me in fulfilling my goals as a musician and has provided me with the necessary tools to become a successful violist.
Mitsuru Kubo is a senior at UC Santa Barbara. She moved to California after studying with Helen Callus at the University of Washington. Mitsuru started the viola at age 7, and became serious about becoming a performer through her experiences with the Seattle Youth Symphony Orchestras. Mitsuru has studied music at the Sun Hwa Performing Arts School, in Seoul, South Korea. She has masterclass experience with Roberto Diaz, Heiichiro Ohyama, Brian Chen, and Basil Vendryes. During the winter season, you can find Mitsuru snowboarding on the slopes, as well as the practice room.