Long Okada

Long Okada

Tell us a little bit about yourself and your life. Not necessarily music-related!

I was born in Japan and moved to the United States when I was starting a high school. After finishing my undergraduate studies in New York City, I came to the United Kingdom. I lived in Glasgow for a year and now am living in London.

Aside from music I enjoy spending time with friends, reading, walking, swimming, and going to a gym.

How did you first get into music?

My mother is a piano teacher, so I have always loved listening to her playing. Because of that, I grew up singing and playing violin, viola, flute, and piano.

What made you decide that music would be an important part of your life?

I knew early on that I wanted music to be an important part of my life but did not think it was going to be my professional career until the second year of undergraduate programme. At the time, I had a fantastic viola teacher who encouraged and helped me to see that a career in music was possible as long as I was ready to work hard for it.

What has been your musical highlight so far?

Having an opportunity to study with all my viola teachers has definitely been my musical highlight. They are not only my musical heros but also are my life-long mentors who I can always go back to.

Who are your favourite composers/artists/musicians?

Some of my favourite composers are Morton Feldman, John Cage, Samuel Barber, Amy Beach, Ralph Vaughan Williams, Rebecca Clarke, and Alfred Schnittke.

Some of my favourite non classical music artists are Troye Sivan, Ariana Grande and Anthem Lights.

What do you anticipate for the Nevis Ensemble?

Nevis Ensemble is a growing and exciting ensemble. I am proud to be a part of the Nevis Family and hope to create fun and meaningful musical experiences no matter where we go.