Praised by The Strad for her “soulful intensity” and “incandescent sense for musical line,” violinist Saeka Matsuyama is in demand as an orchestral soloist, recitalist, and chamber musician. Born in Nishinomiya City, Hyogo, Japan, Ms. Matsuyama has made concerto appearances with many of Japan’s leading orchestras, including the Tokyo and Shin Nippon philharmonics, the Sapporo Symphony Orchestra, the Osaka Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Sendai Classic Festival, and her recital in Philia Hall in Yokohama was broadcast by NHK (the Japan Broadcasting Corporation). She has also given recitals and made orchestral appearances in the U.S., Spain, Germany, Belgium, Eastern Mediterranean, and Argentina, and was invited to perform as a featured soloist in “Goodbye Alice,” a special concert commemorating the beginning of renovations to Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall.
The recipient of an S&R Washington Award, Ms. Matsuyama has also received top prizes from the 2005 Juilliard/Lehigh Valley Chamber Orchestra Soloist Auditions, the 2005 Queen Elisabeth International Violin Competition, the 2004 Sendai International Violin Competition, and the 2003 Hannover International Violin Competition, as well as from the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra, Carl Nielsen, and the Kobe Newspaper/Matsukata Hall competitions. A winner of Astral Artists’ 2006 National Auditions, she was also the recipient of the Tchaikovsky Prize in the II Tchaikovsky International Competition for Young Musicians and received first prizes in the Juilliard Pre-College competitions.
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. In 2010, she became a professor at the New York Summer Music Festival.
Recently, Ms. Matsuyama performed Brahms’ Double Concerto and Bruch’s Scottish Fantasy with Symphony in C in the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts; Philadelphia’s Broad Street Review said of the Bruch, “her insight turned a likeable piece into a spellbinder.” In November 2010 she appears in the Philadelphia Brahms Festival.
Ms. Matsuyama began violin studies at the age of two. She moved to New York from Japan at nine, when she enrolled in Juilliard’s Pre-College program under Dorothy DeLay and Robert Chen. She went on to earn a Bachelor of Music degree, a Master of Music degree, and an Artist Diploma from The Juilliard School, where she studied with Glenn Dicterow, Ronald Copes, and Michael Gilbert. She currently conducts private masterclasses in the U.S. and Japan, and has served as a teaching assistant for Ronald Copes at Juilliard. Juilliard has acknowledged her artistic excellence with several scholarships, including the prestigious Dorothy DeLay Scholarship as well as the Irene Diamond Graduate Fellowship, the Teplitsky Memorial Scholarship, and the Jean Doyle Loomis Scholarship.