A native of Tokyo, Eiji Ikeda joined the Minnesota Orchestra in 1979 after four seasons as Principal Viola of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra. He was previously Assistant Principal Viola of the Florida Symphony Orchestra and Principal Viola of the Tanglewood Festival Orchestra.
Eiji began his musical training at the age of eight, and he is a graduate of Northern Illinois University where he studied with Shmuel Ashkenazi and Nobuko Imai. He leads the A La Carte chamber music ensemble, which recently celebrated its 20th anniversary.
Eiji’s hobbies include photography, videography, and working on his home. Eiji also loves inventing, especially for the viola. His latest invention is a special device to hold the viola which is posted on You Tube here: Great Advances in Viola Technology.