Maiko Matsuoka (*born in Tokyo in 1982) started music training at the age of four. She studied under Toshiya Eto, Angela Eto and Kenji Kobayashi and in 2004 graduated from the Toho Gakuen School of Music. She also attended the master classes of Salvatore Accardo as part of the summer courses of the Accademia Chigiana in Siena, of Vena Stankovic during the MusicAlp Festival in Courchevel and of Michael Gielen at the Tokyo Wonder Site art center.
During her studies in Japan, Maiko Matsuoka won the first prize in the 3rd Eto Toshiya Violin Competition in Tokyo and gave her debut concert in 1998 with the Kanagawa Philharmonic Orchestra. In 2005 she also won the first prize in the 10th JILA Music Competition.
Maiko Matsuoka has performed numerous works by young Japanese composers for the first time. In 2005 she attended the master class held by the International Ensemble Modern Academy in Japan and in 2006 she participated in the International Vacation Courses for New Music in Darmstadt.
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