Mahiru Moriyama began studying the violin aged 5. She has won many prizes in numerous competitions including Grand Prize in the 4th Verde Music Competition, 1st prize in the 64th and 66th All Japan National Music Competition in Northern Kyushu, prizewinner in the 12th Osaka International Music Competition and the 1st prize in the 68th All Japan Music Competition in Northern Kyushu in Junior High School division. In 2015, she received the Manfred Grommek Prize at Kronberg Academy Master Course and IMA Music Award at Ishikawa Music Academy. She studied violin under Erisa Kawaguchi and Taeko Miki and is currently studying under Koichiro Harada and Mihaela Martin.
“It was my dream to be a part of the competition, and I was very much excited and jumping when I heard that my application was successful. I am also very excited to visit England since I have never been there. I am sure that it will be a wonderful experience to be there and feel the atmosphere of the European city.
Menuhin Competition is the first international competition I applied. I am already nervous and very excited for this upcoming event. I know that many famous violists have challenged this competition, and I am very glad that I will be able to be in the same competition as they did.
What I am looking forward to the most is to perform Dovorak chamber music with your official chamber musicians. I do not have enough experience performing chamber music since I do not have string players or friends who play instruments around me. I thought this would be a great chance for me to learn more chamber music when I saw Dovorak or Vivaldi in the repertoires.
I am practicing and learning the repertoires including the chamber music and sonata which I do not have enough experience with. I would like to touch the hearts of listener with my performance. I hope you would enjoy my playing.
Again, I really appreciate you giving me such a wonderful opportunity.
Thank you very much.” (Mahiru Moriyama)