Natsuho Murata Japan, 13, Junior

Natsuho Murata began her violin studies when she was three years old. She has won prizes including 1st prize in the International Nutcracker Television Competition for Young Musician in Moscow and 1st prize in Il Piccolo Violino Magico International Competition in San Vito al Tagliamento. Her performances include the AADGT 25th Anniversary Concert at Carnegie Hall, the opening ceremony of the Sion Music Festival, Concours Musical International de Montréal's 'Mini Violini' Showcase and the opening ceremony of the ‘Moscow Meets Friends’ International Festival. She plays a Ferdinando Gagliano violin on special loan from Nippon Violin Co. Ltd.

“There are many active violinists who have been winners of the Menuhin Competition, so I wanted to challenge myself to enter the Competition. I was very happy when I heard I could participate and I’m looking forward to meeting other violinists my age who have the same aspirations. ”