Born in Osaka, Japan, Hina Maeda began playing the violin aged 4 and is currently studying under Professor Machie Oguri and Etsuyo Maeda. In 2013 she won the 1st Prize along with many special awards at the 67th All Japan Students Music Competition. In 2015, she won the 1st Prize, the Virtuoso Prize and the Sponsorship Prize for contestants with the highest score in all categories at the 16th Kloster Schöntal Violin Competition in Germany. She has not only played with numerous orchestras in Japan as a soloist, but she has also performed as a soloist and a member of the orchestra in Paris and throughout Italy.
“I am very happy and greatly honoured to participate in the Menuhin Competition London 2016 on the Centenary of Yehudi Menuhin’s birth. Participating in the Menuhin Competition has always been my dream. My dream is to become a violinist who performs around the world and also a musician who is loved by many people in the future. For that purpose, I hope that I can meet a lot of people in the Menuhin Competition and also to let more people listen to my performance. I’m looking forward to meeting new friends, taking part in a lot of great programs and enjoying a precious time in London.” (Hina Maeda)