“with her nearly viola-like warm and mellow sound, the violinist transfigured the agitation between genius and madness in Robert Schumanns Violin concerto into touching beauty.”
“Her runs and figures are first and foremost musical expressions: uneasy moods, probing
questions, energetic arcs to effortless bliss.”

“…die Geigerin verklärte das Vexieren zwischen Genie und Wahnsinn in Robert Schumanns Konzert für Violine und Orchester mit fast Bratschenähnlich warm und weich timbriertem Klang zu anrührender Schönheit”
“Ihre Läufe und Spielfiguren sind in erster Linie musikalischer Ausdruck: mulmige Stimmungen, bohrende Fragen, energetische Bahnen zu schwereloser Seligkeit.”

-Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung


Deutsch 日本語

Mayumi Kanagawa is a Japanese-American violinist currently studying at the Hochschule für Musik “hanns eisler” Berlin with Kolja Blacher. Recipient of the fourth prize at the 16th International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow and both the second and best concerto prizes at the 2018 Long-Thibaud Crespin competition in Paris, she is also the first prize winner of the 2016 Princess Astrid Competition in Trondheim, 2013 Jascha Heifetz Competition in Vilnius, and the 2011 Irving M. Klein Competition in San Francisco. Mayumi has soloed with many orchestras including the Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra, Mariinsky Orchestra, Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Lithuanian National Symphony, among others. This season will see her debut with the Belgian National Symphony and Hugh Wolff, as well as return to the Lithuanian National Orchestra.

Mayumi has a unique talent for communicating her love and joy of music making, in varied repertoire and venues. She is described as an open and virtuosic musician with a rare effortlessness in her playing, where the audience leaves the concert hall energized and inspired.

Chamber music and outreach programs have brought Mayumi to the Trans-Siberian festival, Verbier festival, Chanel Pygmalion chamber music series in Japan, and TONALi tours throughout Germany.

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.



photo © Francisca Blaauboer



March 28 (Tokyo, Japan)
recital with Giuseppe Guarrera, piano

March 25 (Tokyo, Japan)
recital with Giuseppe Guarrera, piano

March 22 (Kyoto, Japan)
Mendelssohn Concerto
Junichi Hirokami, Kyoto Symphony Orchestra

March 1 (Tokyo, Japan)
Bruch concerto
Seitaro Ishikawa, Amadeus Orchestra Tokyo

February 29 (Sapporo, Japan)
Sibelius Concerto
Shigeo Genda, Sapporo Symphony Orchestra

January 31, February 1 (Berlin, Germany)
Beethoven Concerto
Antoine Rebstein, Freie Universität Berlin Orchestra


December 14 (Bad Zwesten, Germany)
recital with Zhora Sargsyan, piano

November 14 (Bogota, Columbia)
Tchaikovsky concerto

November 7 (Tokyo, Japan)
recital with Mao Fujita, piano

November 4 (Hiroshima, Japan)
Tchaikovsky concerto
Kazuyoshi Akiyama, Hiroshima Symphony Orchestra

October 13 (Yamagata, Japan)
Tchaikovsky concerto
Norichika Iimori, Yamagata Symphony Orchestra

September 21 (Hamburg, Germany)
Reeperbahn Festival, Hamburg
Giuseppe Guarrera, piano

Australia/New Zealand tour with Lazarus string quartet

July 16-20 (Caen, France)
Musique en Cote de Nacre
Brahms concerto
recital with Maria Masycheva, piano
Mozart, Schumann, Prokofiev, Faure

June 9 (Reoule, France)
recital with Ismael Margain, piano

May 17-19 (Tautavel, France)
Tautavel en Musique

Saturday, April 6 (Holland)
Lazarus string quartet
Mozart, Beethoven

Saturday, March 30
Thursday, April 4 (Vilnius, Lithuania)
Prokofiev concerto No. 1
Modestas Barkauskas, Lithuanian National Symphony Orchestra

Sunday, March 17 (Salzwedel, Germany)
solo recital with works by Bartok, Ernst, Prokofiev, Bach

Monday, January 28 (Coburg, Germany)
recital with works by Faure, Joachim, Brahms
Ido Ramot, piano

January 5,7, 21 (Salzburg, Austria; Hamburg, Berlin, Germany)
Mozarteum, Laeiszhalle, Konzerthaus
Dvorak string quartets No. 5 and 13


“Daisies” by Emil Nolde


in Japan:
Pacific Concert Management, Inc.
Hiromi Tanaka
+81 3 3552 3831

Young Classical Artist Trust
Sue Hudson


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photo by Francisca Blaauboer