Mei Kaneko Japan, 14, Junior

Born in 2005, Mei Kaneko started playing the violin with Ms. Hitomi Isayama when she was four years old. Mei is currently a student at The Music School for Children by Toho School of Music in Tokyo, Japan, where she has been studying with Ms. Mami Teshigawara since 2016. Mei has participated in competitions and won numerous prizes, including performance opportunities in Japan. Mei participated in the Leonidas Kavakos International Violin and Chamber Music Masterclass 2018/2019 in Athens, Greece and has since been receiving Kavakos’ private instruction. Mei also received instruction from Pavel Vernikov and Eiichi Chijiiwa. 

It’s an honor to participate in the foremost competition for young violinists! My dream is to share impactful musical experiences together with world leading contemporary composers, conductors, orchestras, pianists, chamber musicians and, of course, audiences, and I’m excited to make memorable moments with fellow performers for the audiences. Coming to Richmond will give me the opportunity to meet many gifted musicians from all over the world - I can’t wait to meet you all!