Mayumi Hirasaki, violin

Mayumi Hirasaki holding violin

Mayumi Hirasaki was born in Japan and initially studied modern violin at the Tokyo University of the Arts and Music. She then continued her studies at the Hochschule für Musik Nuremberg-Augusburg under Prof. Daniel Gaede and specialized in Baroque violin under Prof. Mary Utiger at the Hochschule für Music and Theater Munich. Further study programs followed under Prof. Giuliano Carmignola in Lucerne and under Prof. Christine Schornsheim in Munich, where the harpsichord was her field concentration. 

She won prizes at international competitions such as the Johann Sebastian Bach Competition in Leipzig and the Early Music Competition in Bruges. Since 2011 she has been the concertmaster of the Concerto Köln and in this capacity has performed with conductors and soloists such as Peter Dijkstra, Andrea Marcon, Pablo Heras-Casado, Hans-Christoph Rademann, Giuliano Carmignola, Dorothee Oberlinger, Midori Seiler, Simone Kermes, Vivica Genaux and Valer Sabadus.

In addition, she regularly performs with various Baroque orchestras and ensembles in concerts throughout Europa and in the United States and Japan. Here the list includes the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, La Cetra Basel, Dresden Festival Orchestra (conductor: Ivor Bolton), Freiburger Baroque Orchestra, Zurich Chamber Orchestra, Basel Chamber Orchestra, Gaechinger Cantorey Stuttgart (conductor: Hans­Christoph Rademann), King's Consort, La Divina Armonia, II Suonar Parlante and II Gardellino.

Her chamber partners include interpreters such as Christine Schornsheim, Michael Freimuth, Lorenzo Ghielmi, Vittorio Ghielmi, Francis Jacob and Maurice Steger.

She has taught Baroque violin and Baroque viola at the Folkwang University of the Arts in Essen since the winter term 2009 till 2018 and has held a professorship in Barock violin and viola at the University Mozarteum Salzburg since October 2017.