Mie Kobayashi

Violin

Biography

Mie Kobayashi studied at The Music High School attached to The Faculty of Music, Tokyo University of the Arts, and went on to study at that university, from which she graduated at the top of her class. She won the Ataka Prize and the Fukushima Prize while studying at the university.
She received 2nd Prize in the 52nd Music Competition of Japan in 1983, the Kawai Overseas Competition Award in 1984, and Second Prize as well as a prize for sonata interpretation at the Louis Spohr International Competition in 1988. In 1990, Kobayashi became the first Japanese to win the top prize in the violin division of the Marguerite Long-Jacques Thibaud International Competition for Piano and Violin. From that point she began her professional career inside and outside Japan.

Kobayashi has earned high acclaim for her performances as a soloist with leading Japanese orchestras including the NHK Symphony Orchestra, Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra, New Japan Philharmonic, Tokyo Symphony Orchestra, Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra, Japan Philharmonic Orchestra, Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra, Osaka Philharmonic Orchestra, and Orchestra Ensemble Kanazawa, as well as the Hungarian National Philharmonic Orchestra and Prague Symphony Orchestra. She is also active in the field of chamber music, performing with many colleagues and as a member of the Shizuoka AOI Residence Quartet. She performs in a number of festivals including the Karuizawa International Music Festival, where she appears every year.

Kobayashi has released numerous CDs including ”Plays Kreisler”; “Fauré” and “Ravel & Enesco,” duo recordings with Pascal Rogé; and a collection of famous violin pieces including “Zigeunerweisen.” In May 2018 she released the new CD “J. S. Bach: 3 Sonatas and 3 Partitas for Solo Violin”
In 2010, Kobayashi gave a recital at Kioi Hall marking the 20th anniversary of her debut, and was invited as a jury member in the violin division of the Marguerite Long-Jacques Thibaud International Competition. In 2012, she performed in a concert held in Pakistan to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Japan and Pakistan. She has performed in many other countries including France, Britain, Thailand, China, Korea, and New Zealand, captivating audiences with profound performances combining refinement and dynamism. To celebrate the 25th anniversary of her debut in 2015, she planned and performed six outstanding recitals over a two-year period.
As one of the leading violinists in Japan, Kobayashi has recitals, chamber music concerts, and performances with orchestras scheduled nationwide in the coming years.
Currently she is a professor at Showa University of Music.

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