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Mai Tategami

       Mai Tategami made her Orchestra debut performing with Maestro Yutaka Sado when she was 14.  She has won prizes at numerous competitions, winning the ABC Music Audition, 1st Prize at the Children Violin Competition (Japan), 3rd prize at the SMF International Music Competition (U.S), Special Prize at the Japan Mozart International Competition, and 2nd Prize at the Matsukata Music Award. She received the “Dosekai Award” from the Tokyo University of the Arts when she graduated there in 2011.  

      More recently, she won the first edition of the “Orford Music Prize” and the “Fondation Yehudi Menuhin Prize” in Canada, about which the Music Director of the Orford Music Prize Mr. Wonny Song commented to Catherine Montambeault of La Tribune “She has incredible charisma.” She also received the Special Prize at the Johannes Brahms International Competition and Ibolyka-Gyarfas Violin Competition (Germany) and the Finalist Prize at the International Violin Competition “Andrea Postacchini”.


      As a chamber music player, Mai Tategami is invited to the Musique de Chambre à Giverny in 2018. She also received the Best Chamber Music Award at the Pablo Casals Music Festival (France). Mai Tategami also has a great interest in orchestras.  She was a concertmistress of the Seiji Ozawa Ongakujyuku Orchestra, and became an Academy Student and temporary contract member of the Rundfunk Sinfonieorchester Berlin (2012-2015). In the 2015/16 season, she played in the first violin section of the Beethoven Orchester Bonn.  Since the 2016 season, she has been a member of the Saito Kinen Orchestra (Director: Seiji Ozawa).


      After graduating from the Hochschule für Musik “Hanns Eisler” (2012) and obtaining her Master’s from the University of the Arts Berlin as the top student (2015), she is now studying at the University of the Arts Vienna under Prof. Michael Frischenschlager.

       She has studied with Prof. Koichiro Harada, Prof. Aaron Rosand, Prof. Gerard Poulet, Prof. Takashi Shimizu and Prof. Axel Gerhardt.


       Mai Tategami has traveled internationally, performing recitals in many major cities, most notably Tokyo, Osaka, Berlin, Salzburg, Hamburg and Toronto. Through Orford Music, she has received concert engagements in Canada, one of which is at the Mooredale Series in Toronto. As well, she will appear in many other concerts in Canada, Europe, Asia, and South Africa.


She was one of the scholarship students from YAMAHA Music Foundation, Rohm Music Foundation, Nomura Music Foundation and the Japan Cultural Affairs.

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