Saeka Matsuyama


Saeka Matsuyama is a talented violin virtuoso born in 1980 in Nishinomiya City, Hyogo, Japan. Matsuyama has played the violin since she was two years old. She came to the United States at the age of nine. She continued her studies at the Julliard Pre-College program in New York. She has studied with the concertmaster of the New York Philharmonic, Glenn Dicterow, while achieving her Bachelor of Music at Julliard. Her performances were praised for having a control that is rare in a violinist her age, remarkable sound and brilliant control. Matsuyama is currently performing with the renowned violinists Ronald Copes and Michael Gilbert.

Saeka has won numerous prestigious prices and awards, including the First Prize and Audience Prize at the Sendai International Music Competition (2004) and at the Hannover International Violin Competition (2003). Moreover, Saeka Matsuyama has won the fourth prize in the eminent Queen Elisabeth International Music Competition performed at the Palace of Fine Arts in Brussels as well as the Tchaikovsky Prize in the 2nd Tchaikovsky International Competition for Young Musicians (1995) and First Prize in the Juilliard Pre-College Competitions in 1998, in 1995, and in 1992. The Juilliard School has also awarded Ms. Matsuyama several scholarships throughout the years she attended the school, an achievement award, and the Irene Diamond Graduate Fellowship. At only twenty-four years old Saeka was already in high demand as a soloist for orchestral performances, recitals, chamber music and renowned festival appearances across the United States and internationally.

Her concert schedule consists of solo performances with the Tokyo Philharmonic, the Osaka Century Philharmonic, the Rheinische-Philharmonie and international appearances in Argentina, Belgium, France, Finland, Germany and Japan. In 1999 her first recording has been released, of a live performance of the Carl Nielsen Violin Concerto in New York. Matsuyama has also made her radio debut at WQXR-FM in New York and she was featured in Strad Magazine in 2004.

Her Beethoven Sonata was blessed by an incandescent sense for musical line.

Strad Magazine stated ‘The exuberant Saeka Matsuyama epitomized the best of in modern Juilliard School while playing open-hearted and healthy.  A performer of palpable individuality in demeanour as well as musical presentation ... her Beethoven Sonata was blessed by an incandescent sense for musical line and the Adagio of Brahms' Concerto reached out with a soulful intensity."

The New York Times enthused about her accomplishments at Juilliard: ‘The program succeeded in highlighting a new talent, presenting a Juilliard student named Saeka Matsuyama as a lyrical soloist while performing the last movement of Mozart's Fifth Violin Concerto.’

She is the pride and joy of The Juilliard School.


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