In 2019 Mayumi won 4th Prize at the 2019 Tchaikovsky International Competition and was a prize-winner at the YCAT International Auditions held at Wigmore Hall.

Based in Berlin, of Japanese-American heritage, this season Mayumi makes her debut with the Tokyo Metropolitan (at Suntory Hall), the Yomiuri Nippon, Nagoya Philharmonic and Sapporo Symphony Orchestras performing concertos by Beethoven, Bruch, Dvořák and Sibelius.

She returns to perform the Britten Concerto with the Hiroshima Symphony, and Mendelssohn with the Kyoto Symphony Orchestras, collaborating with conductors including Kazuhiro Koizumi, Kentaro Kawase, James Feddeck and Sebastian Weigle.

In Europe she makes her debut with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and gives recitals at Wigmore Hall, Berlin Konzerthaus and the Estivales Musique de Medoc in France.

Previous highlights include performances of the Berg Concerto with Finnish Radio Symphony, and appearances with the Trondheim Symphony, Mariinsky Orchestra, Belgian National Orchestra, Prague Radio Symphony, Lithuanian National Symphony Orchestra, and Deutscher Kammerphilharmonie Bremen. In the USA she has performed the Barber Concerto at Walt Disney Hall in Los Angeles and was featured on NPR's Performance Today. 

An avid chamber musician Mayumi has taken part in the Trans-Siberian, Verbier Academy, Chanel Pygmalion, Aspen Music and Yellow Barn Festivals, among many others. Committed to education and outreach work, she has undertaken numerous TONALI tours across Germany, introducing children to music.  

Mayumi studied at the Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler in Berlin with Kolja Blacher. Her awards include the 2nd Prize and best concerto prize at the 2018 Long-Thibaud Crespin competition in Paris as well as 1st prizes at the 2016 Princess Astrid Competition in Trondheim, 2013 Jascha Heifetz Competition in Vilnius and the 2011 Irving M. Klein Competition in San Francisco.

Prior to moving to Berlin in 2012, Mayumi studied with Yoshiko Nakura, 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.

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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

Effortless bliss: Mayumi Kanagawa shines throughout in the closing concert ...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


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