Elly Toyoda began her violin studies at age eleven in Osaka, Japan. Three years later, she was nominated as an “Uprising Young Musician” by Asahi Shimbun Newspaper and gave a solo performance at Osaka Symphony Hall. She holds Bachelor’s degree from Oberlin Conservatory, where she was elected membership to Pi Kappa Lambda of the National Music Honor Society, and did an exchange program in Vienna, Austria upon receiving the Thomastik-Infeld City of Music and Fine Arts Scholarship. She earned her Master’s degree from the Yale School of Music where she received the school’s Alumni Prize. An avid supporter of contemporary music, she was appointed concertmistress for the New Music for Orchestra project at Yale and was a finalist of the Woolsey Hall Competition performing Benjamin Britten’s Violin Concerto. She appeared on programs at National Sawdust, and has premiered works at the Norfolk, Lucerne, and Talis Festivals.
In Fall 2017 Toyoda started her Doctorate degree at Rutgers University, studying with Yura Lee.