Lina Matsuda

Violin

Biography

Lina Matsuda graduated from the music high school attached to Tokyo University of Fine Arts and Music. She then completed the soloist diploma course at Toho Gakuen School of Music, and from 2006 attended Nuremberg University of Music in Germany. She graduated first in her class both from that university in 2007 and from the same university’s graduate school in 2010.

Lina Matsuda gave her first solo recital in 1999, and in 2001 she won 1st Prize in the Violin Division of the 10th Japan Mozart Competition, becoming that competition’s youngest-ever 1st Prize winner. In 2002 she gave a solo recital at Toppan Hall (Tokyo) with the theme “The 16-year-old interpreter of Ysaye.” In 2004, Lina took 1st Prize at the 73rd Japan Music Competition, where she also received Leucadia Prize, Washimi Prize, and Kuroyanagi Prize. In 2007 she was awarded the Diploma Prize in the Sarasate International Competition. She is a winner of the 12th Hotel Okura Music Award, Akiyoshidai Music Academy Award, and 2013 Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal Music Award.
Lina has performed with many leading conductors and orchestras, including the NHK Symphony Orchestra, Tokyo Symphony, Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony, Tokyo Philharmonic, Japan Philharmonic, New Japan Philharmonic, Kanagawa Philharmonic, Sapporo Symphony, Osaka Philharmonic, NHK Chamber Orchestra, Hungarian National Philharmonic Orchestra, Janacek Chamber Orchestra, and Vietnam Symphony Orchestra.

In 2006, Lina released her debut album on Victor Entertainment, "Dolce Lina: Two Mozart Violin Sonatas," and gave a highly successful six-city Japan tour with sold-out concert halls in Osaka, Tokyo, and Yokohama. In 2008 she released her second album, “Carmen,” recorded in Berlin with the renowned pianist Pavel Gililov. In 2010, she released “Ravel Live,” recorded live at her recital with pianist Kazune Shimizu at Kioi Hall, Tokyo. In November of that year, she released an album of the complete Ysaye unaccompanied violin sonatas, which was named as a special selection of “Record Geijutsu” magazine.

(2016 Novmber)

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