Sendai International Music Competition



MATSUYAMA Saeka (Japan)

1st Prizewinner of the 2nd SIMC Violin Section

“The program succeeded in highlighting new talent…Saeka Matsuyama as a lyrical soloist in the last movement of Mozart’s Fifth Violin Concerto”. – The New York Times.

Saeka Matsuyama combines flawless technique with breathtaking artistry to create an inspiring, introspective, and invigorating musical experience.

A native of Nishinomiya City, Hyogo, the Japanese violinist remains in high demand as an orchestral soloist, recitalist, and chamber musician. She has held recital and orchestra appearances in US, Europe, Eastern Mediterranean, South America and Japan. Highlights of Saeka Matsuyama’s past seasons include concerto appearances with the leading orchestras of Japan: NHK Philarmonic, New Japan Philharmonic, Tokyo Philharmonic, Tokyo Symphony, Kanagawa Philharmonic, Nagoya Philharmonic, Kyoto Symphony, Hyogo Performing Arts Center, Osaka Philharmonic, and Sendai Philharmonic Orchestra, among others. In July of 2008, she performed Thomas Ades Violin Concerto as its Japan premier at Suntory Hall, Tokyo. She was then invited by Nagoya Philharmonic to present Ades’ Concerto in its Subscription Series. Her recital appearance at the Philia Hall in Yokohama, Japan has been broadcasted on NHK (Japan Broadcasting Corporation). In 2007, she was invited to present at ‘Goodbye Alice’ to commemorate Alice Tully Hall’s renovation, and in 2008, she appeared at the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia as her Philadelphia Debut, presenting the Brahms Double Concerto. She has been a recurrent soloist for the Eroica Ensemble in Tennessee and Honest Brook Music Festival in New York.

The recipient of numerous international competition and audition awards, her most recent accolades include winning the S&R Foundation Award in 2007. Past awards include: the Astral Artists 2006 National Auditions, the 2005 Juilliard/Lehigh Valley Chamber Orchestra Auditions, the 2005 Queen Elizabeth International Violin Competition, 2004 Sendai International Music Competition Violin Section, the 2003 Hannover International Violin Competition, the 2000 St. Louis Symphony Orchestra Competition, the 1999 Carl Nielsen International Violin Competition, and the 1998 Kobe Newspaper/Matsukata Hall Competition.

Saeka Matsuyama has participated in such internationally-renowned summer festivals as the Marlboro Music Festival, the Schleswig-Holstein Music Academy, the Tanglewood Music Festival, the Accademia Musicale di Siena, the Encore School for Strings, the Aspen Music Festival, the Meadowmount School of Music, and the Music Masters Course in Kazusa, Chiba, Japan. She also continues to conduct private master classes in the United States and Japan. Since 2010, she has been invited as a faculty member for the New York Summer Music Festival.

Saeka Matsuyama started her violin studies at age two. She moved to New York from Japan at the age of nine, at which time she matriculated at Juilliard’s Pre-College program under the tutelage of Dorothy DeLay and Robert Chen. She earned a Bachelor, a Master of Music and an Artist Diploma degree from The Juilliard School, where she studied with Michael Gilbert, Ronald Copes, Donald Weilerstein, and Glenn Dicterow. She served as an Assistant Teacher for Ronald Copes. Throughout Saeka Matsuyama’s years at the Juilliard School, the conservatory has acknowledged her artistic excellence with several scholarships including the prestigious Dorothy DeLay Scholarship, the Irene Diamond Graduate Fellowship, Teplitsky Memorial Scholarship, and Jean Doyle Loomis Scholarship.