Born in Japan, Mayumi Sakamoto started playing the piano at the age of 4 and made her orchestral debut with her hometown orchestra at the age of 11.
Mayumi graduated from Tokyo University of the Arts having being awarded both the Douseikai Prize (the prize from the alumni association) and the Yomiuri Prize (a leading Japanese newspaper) in 2006.
Mayumi has been studying at the Hochschule fur Musik und Theater Hannover in Germany on a scholarship from the Rohm Music Foundation since 2005 and gained the K.A. degree (“Diplom” degree in Music, Artistic Training in Music) in 2007 additionally graduating the Soloist-diploma course 2013, with the orchestra prize.
Mayumi was invited as a lecturer to the masterclass held by Hochschule für Musik und Theater Hannover, and worked as an instructor for chamber music as well as an assistant to Professor Einar Steen-Nøkleberg at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater Hannover in Germany.
Mayumi won the 1st Prize accompanied by the Prize of the WDR Rundfunkorchester Köln and the Special Prize from the Music Students at the International Music Competition in Cologne in 2011.
Mayumi won the 1st prize and the Prix d’Oslo at the International Edvard Grieg Piano Competition in Norway, and the highest prize and the best performance prize of a work of Scarlatti at the Pausilypon International Piano Competition in Italy.
Mayumi was the 2nd Prize winner at the Top of the World International Piano Competition in Norway as well as at the XII Andorra International Piano Competition accompanied by the Special Prize for French Pieces of Music and Special Scholarship in Andorra.
Mayumi was the prize winner at the Pinerolo International Piano Competition in Italy, the Scottish International Piano Competition and the 2003 Leeds International Pianoforte Competition, a semi-finalist at the 2002 International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow, and a diploma recipient at the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition.
In addition, Mayumi has also received prizes at numerous piano competitions in Japan including the 1st Prize at the 52nd All Japan Student Music Concours at the age of 15.
Mayumi is enthusiastic about sharing her experience with and nurturing the talent of the younger generation. She was a lecturer at the Tokyo University of the Arts from 2016 to 2021. Currently she has been a lecturer at Kyoto City University of Arts from 2022 and has been a visiting researcher at Graduate School of Medicine, Kyoto University from 2019.
Mayumi has recorded a CD of the Mozart’s piano concertos with the WDR Rundfunkorchester Köln in 2012, and Grieg’s Piano Concerto with Göttingen Symphony Orchestra, Germany, 2013.
The performance has been broadcasted on television and radio, and she has given a number of solo recitals as well as performance with orchestra in Germany, Norway, Russia, Austria, Italy, Belgium, U.S.A., and many cities in Japan. Her bold but delicate performances with colorful and emotional sounds have won great acclaim.
Official Website: http://mayumisakamoto.com