Japanese-American violinist Mayumi Kanagawa began her violin studies at the age of four in Japan. Moving to New York shortly thereafter and at the age of twelve to Los Angeles, she is currently an undergraduate student of Professor Kolja Blacher at the Hochschule für Musik “hanns eisler” Berlin. First prize winner of the 2013 Jascha Heifetz Competition in Vilnius, the 2011 Irving M. Klein Competition in San Francisco and the Prinsesse Astrid Internasjonale Musikkpris, Mayumi has soloed with many orchestras including the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, the Lithuanian National Symphony (Bruch concerto), Kremerata Baltica (Mozart concerto No. 4) and the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen (Tchaikovsky concerto) as finale of the TONALi14-Violincompetition.
Mayumi has participated in major international festivals such as the Verbier Festival Academy, Yellow Barn Festival, and the Aspen Music Festival, and has also been a featured artist on Performance Today’s Young Artist Series, with her recordings and interviews broadcast nationally on NPR stations. Mayumi's former teachers include Yoshiko Nakura, Masao Kawasaki in the Juilliard Pre-College division, and Robert Lipsett at the Colburn School.
Mayumi performs on a Petrus Guarnerius (Mantua, late 17th century) violin, on generous loan from the Deutsche Musikinstrumentenfond of the Deutsch Stiftung Musikleben. Alongside music, Mayumi enjoys swimming, painting, sketching, and learning languages. She also likes to write letters and postcards, when the urgency of a Facebook message or email is not required.
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