ABOUT

HIMARI

Born in 2011, 11 years old.

HIMARI started playing the violin at the age of 3, and began competing at the age of 4. At the age of 6, she already performed with a professional orchestra.

Since that time, she has participated in many international competitions.

In September 2021 she participated on the 15th iteration of the International Competition for Young Violinists in Honour of Karol Lipinski and Henryk Wieniawski and won the grand prize, an honor even higher than the first prize. The competition is held every three years in Lublin, Poland.

HIMARI has also participated and won the first prize in 42 competitions in Japan and abroad. Some of these include the first prize and special grand prize at the 12th Arthur Grumiaux International Violin Competition (Belgium), the first prize and special prize at the 26th Andrea Postacchini International Violin Competition (Italy), the first prize at the 20th Scherkunchik International Music Competition (Russia), and the first Prize at the 2nd Leonid Kogan International Violin Competition (Belgium), among others.

World-renowned violin pedagogue Zakhar Bron said about HIMARI, “With extraordinary talent and an unbelievably high level of skill, she performed playing a wide variety of tones which were so expressive and moved the entire audience”.

In 2019 she participated in the International Summer Academy held by the Mozarteum University Salzburg. She is an award winner of the concert the academy held during the 2019 Salzburg Festival, where she was the youngest participant.In addition, she has performed in concerts in Russia, Switzerland, Austria, Italy, Belgium, and Ukraine.

HIMARI has worked with Vladimir Spivakov, Nikolai Jajura, Ivan Storch Ivan Strukhov, Kenichiro Kobayashi, Naoto Otomo, Junichi Hirokami, Kazuyoshi Akiyama, Keitaro Harada, Kenichiro Kobayashi, Naoto Otomo, Junichi Hirokami, Kazuyoshi Akiyama, Keitaro Harada, Toshiaki Umeda, Kosuke Tsunoda, Keiko Mitsuhashi, the Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra, the Russian National Philharmonic Orchestra Kiev National Philharmonic Orchestra, the NHK Symphony Orchestra, the New Japan Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra, the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra, the Japan Philharmonic Orchestra, the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra, the Century Orchestra of Japan, the Kanagawa Philharmonic Orchestra, the Gunma Symphony Orchestra, among others. 

HIMARI studies under Koichiro Harada, Machie Oguri, and Zakhar Bron.

Currently, she is a fifth-year student at Keio Kindergarten.She will join the Curtis Institute of Music (Philadelphia, USA) in August 2022.

Instruments used are on loan from the Munetsugu Collection.

Awards

INTERNATIONAL

[2021 – 10 years old]

・Grand PRIX – The 15th International Violin Competition of Lipinski and Wieniawski- Category under 17 years old lublin, Poland

[2019 – 7 years old]

・1st Grade Prize – The 12th International Arthur Grumiaux Competition for Young Violinists – Category under 10 years old Brussels, Belgium

・ArtDialog Festival DIPLOM – Switzerland

・1st Prize & Absolute Winner – The 26th International Violin Competition “Andrea Postacchini” – Category under 11 years old – Fermo, Itary

・Award Winner’s Concert of the Internatitonal Summer Academy Mozarteum 2019 – Youngest performer at the Salzburg Festival 2019 – Austria

・1st Prize “Golden Nutcracker” – The 20th International Television Contest for Young Musicians “The Nutcracker” – Category under 14 years old – Moscow,Russia