Junya Makino was born in Shizuoka, Japan, in 1988. He began to play the violin at the age of three with Toru Takao. From 2007 to 2011 he studied under Yasuo Mito and Machia Saito at the Tokyo College of Music. While a student he performed in many concerts as concertmaster of the Tokyo College of Music Symphony Orchestra. From 2011 to 2014 he studied under Anke Schittenhelm at the University of the Arts in Graz, Austria. He has participated in international competitions, including the 4th International Jascha Heifetz Competition in Lithuania. He has also taken master classes with Saschko Gawriloff, Liana Isakadze, Boris Belkin, Christos Polyzoides, Demetrius Polyzoides and Sylvia-Elisabeth Viertel, among others. Currently he is also doing master studies (violin) under Rainer Schmidt (Hagen String Quartet) at the Music Academy in Basel, Switzerland.
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