Mayumi Kanagawa


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In 2019 Mayumi won 4th Prize at the 2019 Tchaikovsky International Competition. Previous awards include 2nd and Best Concerto Prizes at the 2018 Long-Thibaud Crespin Competition in Paris.

In 2019 Mayumi won 4th Prize at the 2019 Tchaikovsky International Competition performing concertos by Mozart and Tchaikovsky in the Finals with the Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Yuri Simonov.

Previous awards include 2nd Prize and the Concerto Prize at the 2018 Long-Thibaud Crespin Competition in Paris broadcast by France-Musique, and 1st Prize at the 2016 Princess Astrid Competition in Trondheim.  She was  selected for representation by Young Classical Artists Trust (YCAT) in 2019.

As a soloist Mayumi has appeared with the Finnish Radio, Belgian National, Marinsky, Prague Radio Orchestra, Deutscher Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, Finnish Radio, Lithuanian Symphony, Kremerata Baltica and Trondheim Symphony Orchestras, among many others.

She has performed the Barber Concerto at the Walt Disney Hall in Los Angeles, been a featured performer on NPR in the US, and taken part in the Aspen, Yellow Barn and Verbier Academy Festivals.  Concert highlights include the Laeiszhalle in Hamburg, Konzerthaus in Berlin and festivals in France, Germany, Russia and Japan.

This season Mayumi returns to Japan to give a recital in Tokyo, and appear as soloist with the Yomiuri Nippon and Hiroshima Symphony Orchestras.  In 2020 she makes her debut with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.

Born in 1994, of Japanese-American heritage, Mayumi studies at the Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler in Berlin with Kolja Blacher.

Awards include 1st Prize in the 2013 Jascha Heifetz Competition in Vilnius and the 2011 Irving M. Klein Competition in San Francisco.  She was a Finalist in the Sibelius Competition in Helsinki and Tonali Competition in Hamburg.

Committed to bringing music to new younger audiences, since 2014 Mayumi has undertaken TONALI tours throughout Germany and in 2017 took part in the outreach programme at the Verbier Academy, receiving the APCAV Prize for her own project.

Prior to moving to Berlin in 2012, Mayumi studied with Yoshiko Nakura and Masao Kawasaki in the Juilliard Pre-College division, and with Robert Lipsett at the Colburn School in Los Angeles.

Mayumi plays on a Petrus Guarnerius (Mantua, late 17th century) violin, on generous loan from the Deutsche Musikinstrumentenfond of the Deutsch Stiftung Musikleben.

Press reviews

“From time to time, the [Rheingau Festival] present marvelous jewels, such as the young Japanese-American violinist Mayumi Kanagawa, who, together with the Orchestre National de Belgique, fascinated and thrilled the audience.”

Weisbadener Tageblatt / Rheingau Festival - Beethoven Concerto / December 2018

“...with her nearly viola-like warm and mellow sound, the violinist transfigured the agitation between genius and madness in Schumann’s violin concerto into touching beauty.”

Frankfurter Allgemeine / Prague Radio Orchestra - Schumann Concerto / Sept 2017

“Mayumi Kanagawa...was the confident, impressive soloist making her Disney Hall debut. She demonstrated a magnificent full tone, a startling sense of long lyrical lines and a rhythmic fearlessness in the fast Finale. ”

Los Angeles Times / Colburn Orchestra Walt Disney Hall
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