In 2019 Mayumi won 4th Prize at the Tchaikovsky International Competition. Solo appearances this season include NHK Symphony, Tokyo Metropolitan, and Royal Philharmonic Orchestras.

Based in Berlin, of Japanese-American heritage, over the last year Mayumi has made 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 returned to perform the Britten Concerto with the Hiroshima Symphony and appeared as soloist with the Kyoto Symphony, Osaka Philharmonic and Amadeus Orchestras, collaborating with conductors including Kazuhiro Koizumi, Kentaro Kawase, James Feddeck, Sebastian Weigle, Michiyoshi Inoue and Heiichiro Ohyama.

On the concert platform Mayumi gave recitals for the Japanese Mozart Society in Tokyo, the Festival Armonie (Valcerrina), Estivales Medoc (France), Beethoven Bonn Festival and Young Euro Classics (Berlin).

Engagements this season include performances with the NHK Symphony Orchestra conducted by Tadaaki Otaka in concerts across Japan and with the Tokyo Metropolitan Orchestra conducted by Andrew Litton. In Europe she makes her debut with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and gives recitals at Wigmore Hall and Berlin Konzerthaus. 

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 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 Suntory Hall chamber music series, 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, and 1st Prize in the 2016 Princess Astrid Competition in Trondheim.

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

Mayumi Kanagawa… played the violin partita in D minor simply spectacularly... the Chaconne is seldom heard so well performed live...Form without formality, originality without mannerisms: stunning!

Berliner Zeitung / Young Euro Classic at Berlin Konzerthaus / August 2020

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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