Who we are



As passionate promoters of contemporary concert music, Shizuka is deeply committed to advancing the emerging compositional voices of the 21st century through the unique medium of viola duo. Sam and Hannah were brought together in 2017 at the Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia, in a fellowship led by the JACK Quartet. They quickly realized their shared goals of exploring the wide ranging sound-world possibilities of the alto pairing, and of collaborating with living composers on new works.

Representing the viola’s voice in both Boston and Philadelphia, Shizuka combines two sought-after and multifaceted players. Beyond their frequent orchestral, chamber, and solo performances, Sam and Hannah dedicate their time to the study of improvisation, composition, body-mind awareness, and teaching in one-on-one and workshop settings.


2018-19 Season highlights include an artist residency at MISE-EN Place in Brooklyn, performances at Berklee College of Music, Boston University, and Tufts University, and a collaborative commissioning project between Berklee College of Music and Boston Conservatory. Shizuka’s repertoire ranges from Renaissance transcriptions to established repertoire of the 20th and 21st century. They have commissioned works by Marti Epstein, Bahar Royai, Steven Long, Yoon-Ji Lee, Rosalie Burrell, Mischa Salkind-Pearl, Eun young Lee, Luciano Barbosa, Tak Cheung Hui, Georg Hilmarsson, and Vessela Stoyanova.








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