Mayumi Kanagawa, violin

Mayumi Kanagawa is a Berlin based, Japanese-American violinist known for her rich, dark sound and focused, engaging musicality. Prizewinner at the 2019 Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow and 2018 Long-Thibaud Crespin competition in Paris, she is establishing herself as a soloist and chamber musician in Japan, Europe, and North America.

The 2021-22 season opened on tour with the NHK Symphony Orchestra in northern Japan, followed by her debut at the Berliner Philharmonie playing the Brahms concerto with Marc Piollet. Other engagements include her debut with the Konzerthaus Orchester Berlin, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, and reengagements with the Tokyo Metropolitan and Yomiuri Nippon Symphony orchestras.

Kanagawa has performed with many orchestras including the Mariinsky Orchestra, Belgian National Symphony, Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra, Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, and Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, among others. Her unique talent for communicating the love and joy of music making in varied repertoire and venues has also brought her to many outreach programs and schools around the world, from San Francisco to Novosibirsk.

Kanagawa’s musical education has been shaped by 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.

This is her first appearance at PMF.

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