Saeka Matsuyama
Japan, °1980
Japanese violinist Saeka Matsuyama has made concerto appearances with many of Japan’s leading orchestras, including the Tokyo and Shin Nippon Philharmonics, the Yomiuri Symphony, the Sapporo Symphony Orchestra, the Osaka Philharmonic Orchestra. She has also given recitals and made orchestral appearances in the US, Spain, Germany, Belgium, Eastern Mediterranean, and Argentina, and was invited to perform as a featured soloist in “Goodbye Alice,” a special concert commemorating the beginning of renovations to Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall.

The recipient of an S&R Washington Award, Saeka Matsuyama has also received top prizes from the 2007 S&R Foundation, the 2005 Juilliard/Lehigh Valley Chamber Orchestra Soloist Auditions, the 2004 Sendai International Violin Competition and the 2003 Hannover International Violin Competition. A winner of Astral Artists’ 2006 National Auditions, she was also the recipient of the Tchaikovsky Prize at the II Tchaikovsky International Competition for Young Musicians and received first prizes in the Juilliard Pre-College competitions.

She has participated in such internationally renowned summer festivals as the Marlboro Music Festival, Schleswig-Holstein Music Academy, Tanglewood Music Festival, Accademia Musicale di Siena, Encore School for Strings, Aspen Music Festival, Meadowmount School of Music, and the Music Masters Course in Kazusa, Chiba, Japan. She has also appeared in Sendai Music Festival and La Folle Journée in Japan. In 2010, she became a professor at the New York Summer Music Festival.

Saeka Matsuyama began violin studies at the age of two. She moved to New York from Japan at nine, when she enrolled in Juilliard’s Pre-College program under Dorothy DeLay and Robert Chen. She graduated from The Juilliard School, where she studied with Glenn Dicterow, Ronald Copes, and Michael Gilbert. She currently conducts private masterclasses in the US and Japan, and has served as a teaching assistant for Ronald Copes at Juilliard. Juilliard has acknowledged her artistic excellence with several scholarships, including the prestigious Dorothy DeLay Scholarship as well as the Irene Diamond Graduate Fellowship, the Teplitsky Memorial Scholarship, and the Jean Doyle Loomis Scholarship.
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