“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



January 16 (Berlin, Germany)
Neujahrskonzert in the Japanisch-Deutsches Zentrum Berlin
trios by Beethoven, Brahms, Takemitsu, Suzuki
Wataru Hisasue, piano; Haruma Sato, cello

January 24 (Amsterdam, Holland)
works by Tartini, Haydn, Shostakovich
Miro Petkov, trumpet; Lazarus String Quartet

January 25 (Amsterdam, Holland)
cosy classics in Amsterdam Pianola museum
works by Webern, Beethoven, Haydn
Lazarus String Quartet

January 31, February 2 (Berlin, Germany)
Beethoven Concerto
Antoine Rebstein, Freie Universität Berlin Orchestra

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

March 1 (Tokyo, Japan)
Bruch concerto

Seitaro Ishikawa, Amadeus Orchestra Tokyo

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

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

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

April 16 (Cluj, Romania)
Korngold Concerto
Radu Paponiu, Transylvanian State Orchestra



“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