Mayumi Kanagawa (1994) is a Berlin based, Japanese-American violinist known for her rich, dark sound and focused, engaging musicality. Recipient of the fourth prize at the 2019 Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow and second prize and best concerto prize at the 2018 Long-Thibaud Crespin competition in Paris, Mayumi has soloed with many orchestras including the Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra, Mariinsky Orchestra, Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Belgian National Orchestra, among others. This season she will debut with the Yomiuri Nippon Orchestra in Tokyo as well as at Wigmore Hall in London.
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 musical education has been shaped by great musicians and pedagogues including Kolja Blacher, Yoshiko Nakura, Masao Kawasaki, and Robert Lipsett.
She currently 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