Berlin based Mayumi Kanagawa, known for her rich, dark sound and focused, engaging musicality is a laureate of some of the world’s most prestigious competitions, including 4th Prize in the 2019 Tchaikovsky Competition as well as 2nd Prize and the Best Concerto Prize at the 2018 Long-Thibaud Crespin competition.
She has collaborated with orchestras such as the Prague Radio Symphony, Mariinsky Orchestra, Deutscher Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, Finnish Radio Symphony, Belgian National Orchestra, Orchestre National des Pays de La Loire, and Moscow Philharmonic, and with conductors including Hannu Lintu, Yuri Simonov, Pascal Rophé, Alexander Shelley, Hugh Wolff, and Modestas Pitrėnas. In 2022 she made her debut with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and gave recitals at Wigmore Hall, Berlin Konzerthaus, and the Estivales Musique de Medoc in France.
In Japan, she has performed with the NHK Symphony, Yomiuri Nippon, Tokyo Metropolitan, Tokyo Symphony, Sapporo Symphony, Yamagata Symphony, Nagoya Philharmonic, Kyoto Symphony, Osaka Philharmonic, Japan Century Symphony, Hiroshima Symphony, and Kyushu Symphony orchestras under the baton of Sebastian Weigle, Kahchun Wong, Tadaaki Otaka, Kazuyoshi Akiyama, Kazuhiro Koizumi, Michiyoshi Inoue, Jun-ichi Hirokami, Norichika Iimori, and Kentaro Kawase.
An avid chamber musician, Kanagawa has taken part in the Trans-Siberian festival, Verbier festival, Chanel Pygmalion chamber music series, and many others. Committed to education and outreach work, she has undertaken numerous TONALI tours across Germany, introducing music to children. In 2023, her debut CD "Recital" will be released on the Exton label.
Kanagawa studied at the Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler in Berlin with Kolja Blacher. Prior to moving to Berlin in 2012, she studied with Yoshiko Nakura, Masao Kawasaki in the Juilliard Pre-College division, and with Robert Lipsett at the Colburn School in Los Angeles.
Kanagawa currently performs on the 1725 “Wilhelmj” Stradivarius violin on loan from the Nippon Music Foundation.
This is her second appearance at PMF following her debut in 2022.