19-year old pianist
has been gaining
widespread recognition as an important up-and-coming musician. Born in
Japan on June 8, 1991, Mayumi
started her piano studies at age 3 and
gave her first solo concert at the age of 7. Since then she has
performed in several international venues as both a soloist and a
In 2000, at the age of 10, she founded her piano trio - the Luna Trio -
and has been featured on nationally broadcast radio and television shows
throughout the United States. Mayumi made her Carnegie Hall debut with
her trio in 2008 for the PBS television show 'From the Top', showcasing
America’s most talented young musicians. The trio has also been featured
on national radio shows such as 'From The Top' and 'West Coast Live'. In
2007, the San Francisco 7x7 Magazine selected the Luna Trio for their
annual ‘Hot 20 Under Forty,’ which selects “people who are making a
positive impact in the SF Bay Area”.
In the past few years, Mayumi
has attended many prestigious summer
festivals including the Heifetz International Music Institute,
Yellowbarn Music Festival, and Music@Menlo. This past summer, she was
one of eight pianists from the world invited to participate in the
Verbier Festival Academy in Switzerland where she studied with Menahem
Pressler and Dimitri Bashkirov.
recently became involved with a new
student organized ensemble called ‘Contemporaneous’, based in New York.
Contemporaneous is set on bringing the music of “our time” to audiences,
and primarily performs pieces composed by living composers. They have
performed in many important venues in New York. Mayumi
has worked with some of the composers
themselves, including the Grammy-Award winning American composer Joan
She has worked with many world-class musicians including Richard Goode,
Peter Serkin, Menahem Pressler, Andre Watts, and Dimitri Bashkirov. She
is currently a sophomore pursuing a double major in Piano Performance
and Biology at the Bard Conservatory/College, studying with Melvin Chen,
Associate Director of the Bard Conservatory. She previously studied with
John McCarthy as a scholarship student in the Preparatory Division of
the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.
She has performed and participated
in many master classes Internationally, among them:
Andre Watts, world renowned pianist, also received
Larry Gatlin and the Gatlin Brothers, recipient of
Grammy Awards in 1977 and nominee for Grammy Awards in 2006
Prof. Tori Stodle of Tromso University Norway in San
Prof. Nador at the Liszt Music Institute in Hungary
Prof. Jozef Stompel at the Musical Academy in Katowice
Prof./Conductor Kaneshige at the Univ. of Mie, Japan
Pianist Recording Artist, Yin Cheng-zong of China in
Prof. Michael Boyd of the Univ. of Toledo in SF
Pianist Recording Artist, Paul Roberts is a Fellow
of the Guildhall School of Music & Drama
of London in SF
She has won numerous 1st
prizes, notable among them are
2009 - Music Teachers Association of California, MTAC, “State Solo Piano Competition"
2009 - "San Francisco Young Pianists Competition"
2008 - "Ross McKee Foundation Piano Competition"
2006 - "University of the Pacific Piano Competition"
sponsored by Henry & Carol Zeiter
2005 - "10th Annual San Francisco
Chopin Competition for Young Pianists"
2004 - in her trio "The Luna
Trio" the California
State Ensemble Competition (the MTAC VOCE Competition)
2003 - TYS Television Network Piano
2003 - Sanyo Piano Competition
Performances of note - (to see
a comprehensive listing please visit the
Concert Schedules section of our
In the "Marin
Music Chest Young Artists Concert"
In the Piano Sisters 2nd Annual Conservatory
Concert at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music
Pacific Union presents "Concerts at
the Presidio" at the Golden Gate Club, Presidio of San Francisco
For the Heifetz International Music
Institute Fundraising Concert in Beverly Hills
Pacific Musical Society's 97th Annual Christmas Gala
Dinner, Concert and Silent Auction, Fairmont Hotel, San Francisco
A full program for the
Music at Kohl
Mansion Donor Event
Pacific Union presents Concerts at the
Presidio at the Golden Gate Club, Presidio of San Francisco
San Francisco International Music Festival
presents A Duo Grand Piano Concert as "The Piano
Sisters" with Rieko
She is also the pianist and
founder of “The Luna
Trio”. Under the auspices of SFCM Chamber Music Program, "The
Luna Trio" is steadily gaining in popularity.
Trio - Notable Concerts and
- performed at the Stanford University Auditorium
2008 - played at Stanford University
Performed for the From The Top Gala
Concert in Boston
interviewed and played Carnegie Hall in New
York City. It was videotaped for National Public Radio's "FROM THE TOP"
television show. And has aired twice nationally on PBS television
2007 - published in
7x7sf magazine's annual Hot 20 under 40!
"THE HOT 20 UNDER 40 The house is (once again) on fire, thanks to this
year’s influx of movers and shakers......"
2006 - was interviewed
on the national radio show “From The Top”
on the nationally syndicated radio program
“West Coast Live”
performed at the University of Judaism, Los
2005 - performed at the World Trade Club of
played at the Chamber Music America Conference at
played a pre-ballet concert for the Smuin Ballet
at the Yerba Buena Center of the Arts
2004 - "The Luna Trio" won
the California State Ensemble Competition (the MTAC VOCE Competition)
Mayumi is currently a Freshman at Bard
College/Conservatory, pursuing a double major in piano performance and
biology. In addition to music
she enjoys reading, tennis, swimming, working-out and mountain biking.