II Competition

Kumi Shimizu

Kumi Shimizu started studying violin at the age of three. She completed Bachelor’s and Master’s degree at Tokyo University of the Arts under Professors Kazuki Sawa, Eszter Perenyi and Herwig Zack. She moved to London to continue her studies at the Royal Academy of Music where she graduated with homours.

Kumi has participated in the workshops of such outstanding musicians as Felix Ayo, Jean-Jacques Kantorow, Zakhar Bron, Pierre Amoyal, Yair Kless, Leon Spierer, Pavel Vernikov, Viktor Tretyakov, Takashi Shimizu, Leonidas Kavakos, and Benjamin Schmid.

Kumi has won many awards including the 1st prize at Takarazuka Vega Music Competition, the III Munetsugu Angel Violin Competition, X Tokyo Music Competition, the II Mozart International Ensemble Competition in Salzburg. Kumi was invited to Baltic Neopolis Festival in 2018 as the Opening concert soloist. She became the winner of the International Competition "Debut Concert Hamburg" which brought her an opportunity to perform Mendelssohn’s violin concerto at Laeiszhalle Concert Hall in 2018. She won Harold Craxton Prize and Winifred Small Prize in London in 2019.

Kumi has been collaborated with eminent artists such as Gerard Poulet, Mate Szucs, Kazuki Sawa, performing solo and with orchestras around the globe. She was appointed as associate concertmaster in the Royal Danish Orchestra in 2019. Kumi Shimizu is a recipient of Japan Art Association Scholarship since 2020.

J. S. Bach
Grave and Fuga from Sonata No. 2 in А minor, BWV 1003
N. Paganini
Caprice No. 11 in С major, Op. 1
E. Ysaye
Sonata for violin solo No. 3 in D minor “Ballade”, Op. 27

J. Brahms
Sonata for violin and piano No. 3 in D minor, Op. 108
E. Chausson
Poem, Op. 25
A. Rosenblatt
“Siberian Blues”

W. А. Mozart
Concerto for violin and orchestra No. 4 in D major, KV 218

J. Sibelius
Concerto for violin and orchestra in D minor, Op. 47