Japan native Mayumi Hirasaki began studying the violin at the Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music in 2000. In 2001 her studies took her to Germany, where she studied with Prof. Daniel Gaede at the Hochschule für Musik Nürnberg Augsburg, obtaining a degree in violin performance with distinction in 2005 as well as earning a master-class diploma in 2007. She began teaching on the faculty there after completing her studies. Deeply touched by Early Music, in 2007 she began studying Baroque violin at Munich’s Hochschule für Musik und Theater under Prof. Mary Utiger, earning a master-class diploma there in 2008. She has also studied at the Lucerne Music Conservatoire with Prof. Giuliano Carmignola.
Among other awards, Mayumi Hirasaki won First Prize at the Chamber Music Competition of the Mozartverein Nuremberg in 2001, Second Prize at the International Bach Competition in Leipzig and Third Prize at the International Early Music Competition in Bruges, Belgium.
She has appeared in concert as a soloist with the Orchester-Gemeinschaft Nürnberg, Nuremberg’s Collegium Noricum, the West Bohemian Symphony Orchestra of Mariánské Lázne, the Neue Bachische Collegium Musicum and La Risonanza.
She is also regularly invited to perform at various music festivals all across Europe and in Japan.
Her chamber music partners include Christine Schornsheim, Naoki Kitaya, Lorenzo Ghielmi and Vittorio Ghielmi.
In addition to the violin, Mayumi Hirasaki is also devoted to the organ and harpsichord. She is majoring in harpsichord performance at the Munich Musikhochschule under Christine Schornsheim.
She has been on the faculty of Essen’s Folkwang University of the Arts since the winter semester of 2009.
Bach in a Romantic Manner
Arrangements for Violin and Piano
Mayumi Hirasaki, Violin - Christine Schornsheim, Pianoforte