Masayuki Kino

Violin

Biography

Began studying the violin at age 4 under the guidance of Aiji Hibino. Entering the children's workshop at Toho Gakuen, he studied under Isako Shinozaki. In 1977, he took first place in the middle school division of the 31st National Youth Music Competition of Japan. Entered the music department at Toho High School in 1979.
In 1980, he entered the Guildhall School of Music in London, where he studied under Ytrah Neaman and won a scholarship established by that school and the Myra Hess Trust. After graduation, he continued his studies with Nathan Milstein, Ruggiero Ricci and Ivry Gitlis. In 1983, he was the unanimous choice for first prize in the Rodolfo Lipizer International Violin Competition.
In 1984, he took the top prize at the Carl Flesch International Violin Competition in London, together with the W.H. Smith prize and the Audience Prize, a triple accomplishment that brought him to the attention of musical circles in England. In 1985, he won a special prize for salon music at the Menuhin International Violin Competition.  
In 1987, he received the Royal Orchestra Society's Silver Medal for a concerto performed with a British orchestra the previous year in England. This led to a memorial concert in London. In 1988, he received first prize at the Ruggiero Ricci International Masters' Competition held in Berlin. In 1990, he won first prize at the Palm Beach Invitational International Violin Competition in the U.S. Kino's career as a professional performer dates from 1984. With a formidable repertory of 40 concertos, he has performed with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the Berliner Sinfonieorchester, the London Mozart Players, the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Greater Palm Beach Symphony orchestra, the Orchestra Sinfonica dell Opera Ljubljana, the Moscow Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Rumania National George Enesco Symphony Orchestra, the Japan Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra and many others. Every year, he participates in many music festivals, and he has performed on radio and TV via the BBC (Scottish TV, Radio France, RAI (Italy) and RTSI (Switzerland). In 1988, a duo performance with Ivry Gitlis in France was broadcast in France and Spain. In 1993, following a position with the Nagoya Philharmonic, he became Concertmaster of the Japan Philharmonic. Presently based in London, he gives concerts all over the world. Since 1997 he has been teaching master classes for young musicians in Nagano Prefecture. Kino has released many CDs for Pony Canyon, all of which have received favorable reviews. Today, Masayuki Kino is considered Japan's most promising violinist.

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