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.