Mai Matsumoto (violin) is a remarkably gifted musician who began studying violin at the age of four at Toho Gakuen School of Music for Children in Japan with Ami Watanabe. Mai and her family moved to California only five years go. Now age 15, she is a scholarship student at San Francisco Conservatory of Music Pre-College Division where she studies with Zhao Wei. She previously studied with Bettina Mussumeli and Yukiko Kurakata. She is a member of the prestigious San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra where she has been named principal second violinist. A junior at Cupertino High School, she is concertmaster of the school orchestra.
Mai is no stranger to music honors. She was awarded Grand Prize and First Place in American String Teachers Association’s San Francisco/Bay Area Competition. She won by audition the privilege of performing in Junior Bach Festival and was a finalist in Young Artists Division of the Mondavi Competition. Recently, she was awarded First Place in the International Music Competition of the Chinese Music Teachers Association of Northern California. She also placed First in the Young Artist Competition sponsored by Holy Names University and Diablo Valley College, and placed Second in the Pacific Music Society Competition. Beyond the Bay Area, Mai has attended the MERIT Program of Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara. At the Aspen Music Festival, she studied with the internationally renowned Midori and Naoko Tanaka. She won Honorable Mention in the Miami-based National YoungArts Foundation 2017 competition.
In addition to perfecting her solo performances for these competitions, Mai enjoys chamber music. In 2015, she performed on NPR’s “From the Top” radio program with a quartet. She participates in the Conservatory’s chamber music program, currently in a piano trio under the tutelage of Doris Fukawa and Machiko Kobialka and in master classes led by Anton Nel and Andy Luchansky.