A RISING STAR on the concert stage in Europe and Japan, violinist Mayumi Kanagawa was joined by pianist Sophiko Simsive for a performance on Saturday, March 19, 2022 at 3:00 pm.


Composer Work Year
Johann Sebastian Bach Violin Sonata in C major, BWV 1005 1720
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Violin Sonata No. 21 in E minor, K. 304 1778
Robert Schumann Kinderszenen (Scenes from Childhood), Op. 15 1838
Francis Poulenc Violin Sonata, FP 119 1943

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About the Artists

Mayumi Kanagawa

Mayumi Kanagawa

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 orchestra in northern Japan, followed by her debut in the Berliner Philharmonie playing Brahms concerto with Marc Piollet. Other engagements include a Wigmore Hall recital, debut with the Konzerthaus Orchester Berlin, as well as reengagements with the Tokyo Metropolitan and Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestras.

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

Mayumi’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.

Sophiko Simsive

Sophiko Simsive

Georgian pianist Sophiko Simsive began piano lessons with her mother at age three. While still a child, she was invited to perform the Beethoven 2nd concerto at the Beethoven Festival in Bonn, leading eventually to a concert tour throughout the Netherlands, as soloist with the I Virtuosi Italiani under Lev Markiz in Rotterdam, Utrecht, Leiden, and Groningen.

Sophiko won both the 1st Prize and the Audience prize at the Princess Christina Competition in Holland. While a student there, she also won top prizes in competitions in Amsterdam (Yamaha, Grachtenfestival, and The Young Pianists Foundation), in Utrecht, and in Italy. More recently, Sophiko won piano concerto competitions at Yale, the Music Academy of the West, and the Manhattan School of Music.

Sophiko’s undergraduate studies began under Mila Baslavskaja at the Sweelinck Conservatory in Amsterdam. After graduating cum laude with a BM degree, she studied with Jacques Rouvier at Universität der Künste. Sophiko earned MM and MMA degrees at the Yale School of Music under Boris Berman and is currently working on a doctorate at the Manhattan School of Music under the direction of Solomon Mikowsky.