Saeka Matsuyama, violin

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“The program succeeded in highlighting new talent…Saeka Matsuyama as a lyrical soloist in the last movement of Mozart’s Fifth Violin Concerto”. – The New York Times

Saeka Matsuyama combines flawless technique with breathtaking artistry to create an inspiring, introspective, and invigorating musical experience. A native of Nishinomiya City, Hyogo, the Japanese violinist remains in high demand as an orchestral soloist, recitalist, and chamber musician.

She has held recital and orchestra appearances in US, Europe, Eastern Mediterranean, South America, and Japan. Highlights of Ms. Matsuyama’s past seasons include concerto appearances with the leading orchestras of Japan: Yomiuri Symphony Orchestra, New Japan Philharmonic, Tokyo Philharmonic, Tokyo Symphony, among others. In July of 2008, she performed Thomas Ades’ Violin Concerto as its Japan premier at Suntory Hall, Tokyo. Her recital appearance at the Philia Hall in Yokohama, Japan has been broadcasted on NHK (Japan Broadcasting Corporation).

In 2007, she was invited to present at ‘Goodbye Alice’ to commemorate Alice Tully Hall’s renovation, and in 2008, she appeared at the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia as her Philadelphia Debut, presenting the Brahms Double Concerto. Most recently, Ms. Matsuyama released two CDs with the works of Brahms, Franck, short works, and completed a 6-week recital tour.

The recipient of numerous international competition and audition awards, Ms. Matsuyama’s past accolades include: the S&R Foundation Award in 2007, the Astral Artists 2006 National Auditions, the 2005 Juilliard/Lehigh Valley Chamber Orchestra Auditions, the 2005 Queen Elizabeth International Violin Competition, 2004 Sendai International Violin Competition, the 2003 Hannover International Violin Competition, the 2000 St. Louis Symphony Orchestra Competition, the 1999 Carl Nielsen International Violin Competition, and the 1998 Kobe Newspaper/Matsukata Hall Competition.

Saeka Matsuyama has participated in such internationally-renown summer festivals as the Marlboro Music Festival, the Schleswig-Holstein Music Academy, the Tanglewood Music Festival, the Accademia Musicale di Siena, the Encore School for Strings, the Aspen Music Festival, the Meadowmount School of Music, and the Music Masters Course in Kazusa, Chiba, Japan. She also continues to conduct private masterclasses in the United States and Japan.

Saeka Matsuyama started her violin studies at age two. She moved to New York from Japan at the age of nine, at which time she matriculated at Juilliard’s Pre-College program under the tutelage of Dorothy DeLay and Robert Chen. She earned a Bachelor, a Master of Music and an Artist Diploma degree from The Juilliard School, where she studied with Michael Gilbert, Ronald Copes, Donald Weilerstein, and Glenn Dicterow. She served as an Assistant Teacher for Ronald Copes.

Throughout Saeka Matsuyama’s years at the Juilliard School, the conservatory has acknowledged her artistic excellence with several scholarships including the prestigious Dorothy DeLay Scholarship, the Irene Diamond Graduate Fellowship, Teplitsky Memorial Scholarship, and Jean Doyle Loomis Scholarship.