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Yumiko Yumiba

2023 Violin B

Yumiko Yumiba is a Japanese violinist born in Oita, Japan. She spent her childhood in Osaka and moved to Tokyo with her family. She started playing the violin and piano at the age of 3. Yumiko’s sister influenced her to love music because she is a violinist too. At the age of 15, she decided to pursue her career in music. Then, she studied at the Tokyo University of the Arts. During her journey of studies in Tokyo, she received the Dean’s scholarship and special awards for outstanding students of the year.

She is currently studying at the Cleveland Institute of Music with Professor Ilya Kaler, as a recipient of the full scholarship, and at the Hanover University of Music, Drama and Media with Professor Elisabeth Kufferath. She was awarded a scholarship from the “Yehudi Menuhin – Live Music Now” association in Hanover.

Yumiko has recently performed with the Varna Chamber Orchestra (Bulgaria), the Geidai Philharmonia Orchestra (Japan), the Orchestra of the Hanover University of Music, Drama and Media (Germany), Orchester Göttinger Musikfreunde (Germany), the Toruń Symphony Orchestra (Poland), and the Orchestra of the Opéra national de Lorraine (France).

She also had many recitals at the Music Festivals, including the Gdańsk Music Festival (Poland), the International Festival “Nova Music and Architecture” (Poland), and the International Music Festival Goslar-Harz (Germany).

Yumiko received many prizes at international violin competitions such as the Varna International Violin Competition, the International Karol Lipiński Violin Competition, and the Mirecourt International Violin Competition. She won many times and got first prize in domestic competitions in Japan. In 2023, she won the Conservatory Concerto Competition at Cleveland Institute of Music and received the 2023 Helen Curtis Webster Award.

Yumiko, as a chamber musician, she has performed as Piano Trio and String Quartet, and she often has many concerts with her Violin Duo.