Mayuko Kamio, Biography
Mayuko Kamio (Japan, born June 12, 1986) is a violinist who began to play the violin at the age of four. She won first prize in the International Tchaikovsky Competition 2007 at the age of 21. When she was 17 she was featured in the documentary “Playing for Real” by Josh Aronson. She has released four recordings on the SONY and BMG labels and is known for her luxurious silken tone, long expressive phrasing and virtuoso techniques.
Childhood and Youth of Kamio
Mayuko Kamio began to play the violin at the age of four. When she was ten, she made her concerto debut in Tokyo under the baton of Charles Dutoit, in a concert broadcast on NHK television, Japan’s national public broadcasting organization. Later, she studied in the U.S. with Dorothy DeLay and Masao Kawasaki at the Aspen Music Festival and the pre-college division of The Juilliard School. At the age of 14, she won the Young Concert Artists International Auditions 2000 and first prize for violin in the International Tchaikovsky Competition in 2007 at age 21. She completed artist’s diploma studies at the University for music and theatre in Zurich (Hochschule fur Musik und Theater Zurich), where she worked with Zakhar Bron. Kamio received a grant from the Bagby Foundation for the Musical Arts, and is a recipient of the prestigious Idemitsu Music Award.
She has appeared with renowned orchestras, including the Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte Carlo, the Russian National Orchestra, the BBC Philharmonic, and the Zürcher Kammerorchester. She also appeared with the Boston Pops conducted by Keith Lockhart and the Tonhalle Orchestra in Zurich with Mstislav Rostropovich. She also performed in Japan as soloist with the Tokyo, NHK, Osaka, Sapporo and Yomiuri Nippon symphony orchestras and the Japan and Tokyo philharmonics. She toured South America with the Munich Philharmonic under Zubin Mehta, and Japan with the German SWR Symphony Orchestra under Francois-Xavier Roth. She also appeared with the BBC Symphony Orchestra under Jiri Belohlavek, the Budapest Festival Orchestra under Ivan Fischer, NHK Symphony Orchestra under Vladimir Ashkenazy, Israel Philharmonic under Yaron Traub and Calgary Philharmonic under Roberto Minczuk.
When she was 17, Kamio was one of three people (along with pianist Adam Neiman and Young Concert Artists manager Susan Wadsworth) who were the subjects of the 2003 documentary film Playing for Real, directed by Josh Aronson. The film documents the difficulties in establishing a career in classical music.
Kamio's recordings and violins
Kamio has released four recordings on the SONY and BMG labels, a collection of sonatas of Franck, Brahms and Strauss being her most recent releases. Mayuko has also recorded Tchaikovsky and Prokofiev concerti, an Album of violin solo works with piano of Chausson, Stravinsky, Szymanowski and Waxman, and Paganini’s 24 Caprices for Solo Violin.
Kamio is a radiant talent and known for her luxurious silken tone, long expressive phrasing and virtuoso techniques.
She plays a Stradivarius from 1727, previously owned by Joseph Joachim, on loan from Suntory, a Japanese brewing company that has expanded its business to other fields. She also plays a 1735 Guarneri del Gesu "Sennhauser", on loan from The Stradivari Society.
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