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Tokyo Music Competition



Born in: Tokyo Metropolis, Japan
1st place, and Audience Award, String Section, The 15th Tokyo Music Competition 2017

Musical Careers

Profile Arai was born in Tokyo in 1999.
She enrolled in the Faculty of Music, Tokyo University of the Arts as a special scholarship student and graduated from the university at the top of class. Currently, Arai studies at Haute Ecole de Musique in Lausanne.

Award history:
⁃ 1st Place and Audience Award, String Section, the 15th Tokyo Music Competition
⁃ 1st Place, the Leucadia Prize, the Sumi Prize, and the Kuroyanagi Prize, String Category, the 87th Music Competition of Japan
⁃ 6th Place, Violin Category, the 7th Sendai International Music Competition
⁃ The 17th Best Debutant of the year (an award hosted by Men’s Fashion Unity, Japan)
⁃ While at Tokyo University of the Arts, awarded:
the Fukushima Prize, the Ataka Prize, the MIYATA Ryohei Scholarship, and the 2017 Munetsugu Tokuji Special Scholarship

She has performed with the following orchestras:
Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra, New Japan Philharmonic,
Tokyo Symphony Orchestra, Tokyo City Philharmonic Orchestra,
Central Aichi Symphony Orchestra, Sendai Philharmonic Orchestra,
Japan Philharmonic Orchestra, Kanagawa Philharmonic Orchestra,
Gunma Symphony Orchestra, Geidai Philharmonia Orchestra

As to her further activities, her major appearances has been made at the 386th Hotel Okura Lobby Concert, and with its renewed name The Okura Tokyo’s first special concert inaugurating its new wing. Arai has also been featured as a soloist of Fendi’s worldwide project “Fendi Renaissance – Anima Mundi.”
Her recital at the Takasaki City Theatre as the first artist of T-Shot Series, in which the theater features young musicians, has been released as her solo album “RIO ARAI IN CONCERT” in January 2021. She has made numerous appearances in programs on radio and other media such as NHK and OTTAVA.

Arai has previously studied under Gérard POULET, NAGAMINE Takashi, SAWA Kazuki, YAMASAKI Takako, HORI Masafumi, and TAMAI Natsumi.
Currently, she studies under Janine JANSEN.

Grants received:
the Yamaha Music Foundation Scholarship in 2020
MUNETSUGU Tokuji Fund scholarship for overseas study

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