Japanese violinist Mayuko Ishigami began playing the violin at the age of five. Her extraordinary talent was recognized early and she was invited to perform at the International Music Festival in Rome, Italy, when she was 8 years old. She is now a top prize winner of many national and international competitions including 2nd Prize, the Audience Prize and the Nakamichi Award at the 77th National Music Competition of Japan. She also won the Romanian International Music Competition and Czech Music Competition as well as other top prizes at the Munetsugu Angel Competition and First Bartók World Competition launched by the Liszt Academy in Budapest in 2017.
She performed as a soloist with the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra, Kyoto Symphony, Osaka Philharmonic, Sendai and Kansai Philharmonic Orchestras, Tokyo City Philharmonic, as well as the Brasov National Philharmonic in Romania, and Camerata La Loingtaine in France. Mayuko has performed in concert series sponsored by NHK Radio as well as the Nova Recital Series. Japanese national television NHK filmed a documentary about her and aired a live broadcast of her solo performance with the Osaka Philharmonic Orchestra. She has performed chamber music with Augustin Dumay, James Ehnes, Heiichiro Ohyama, Aleksander Madzar and others.
Ms Ishigami studied violin with acclaimed Japanese violinist Yuko Mori, and took masterclasses with Ivry Gitlis, Aki Saulière, David Quiggle, and others. In addition to her musical studies and busy concert career, she graduated in 2017 from Kyoto Prefectural University of Medicine with a Medical Degree.