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Tokyo Music Competition

KATO Fumie

KATO Fumie

Born in: Kyoto Prefecture, Japan
2nd place, String Section, The 8th Tokyo Music Competition 2010

Musical Study Experiences

2006 Went to France to study at Ecole Normale de Musique de Paris as a scholarship student
2010 Graduated from the Department of Instrumental Music, the Faculty of Music, Tokyo University of the Arts majoring in cello and won the Ataka Prize, the Acanthus Music Prize and the Mitsubishi Estate Prize
2010-11 1st class student of the Suntory Hall Chamber Music Academy
2014 Graduated from the Graduate School of Tokyo University of the Arts and won the Acanthus Music Prize; graduated unanimously at the top of the class from Conservatoire à Rayonnement Régional de Paris


Studied under Sugiyama Minoru, Peter Baran, Donald Litcher, Alain Meunier and Kono Fumiaki

Musical Careers

2000 3rd Place, National, the Japan Classical Music Competition
Excellence Award and Yamafuji Award, the Sapporo Junior Cello Competition
2001 Gold Prize, High School Students and Over Category, the Izuminomori Junior Cello Contest
2002 Performed in the Kyoto Art Festival "Sekai ni Habataku Wakaki Ongakuka Tachi (Young Musicians Going Out Into the World)" and won Encouragement award
2006 Performed with the Century Orchestra Osaka at the Azalea Debut concert
2008 1st Place, the 8th Viva Hall Cello Competition
Participated in the Project Q (educational project hosted by TV MAN UNION in Japan): Chapter 6 "Young Quartet challenges Haydn"
2009 Tokyo University of the Arts campus winner of the Ataka Prize and Acanthus Music Prize
February: Performed in the 36th Geidai Chamber Music Concert
April: Held a recital in Rokkatei Hall, Promising Young Musicans Series
May: Performed in the 44th JT Ensemble Series
Performed in the 200th Anniversary of Mendelssohn’s birth—an Evening of Chamber Music as Tokyo University of the Arts Project
July: 2nd Place, Strings Category, the Takarazuka Vega Music Competition
Performed Dutilleux’s Cello Concerto "Tout un monde lointain" with the Geidai Philharmonia Orchestra, Tokyo at the campus morning concert
August: Won the 13th Matsukata Hall Music Award and the special prize
2nd Place, String Section, the 7th Tokyo Music Competition
2010 Tokyo University of the Arts campus winner of Acanthus Music Prize and the Mitsubishi Estate Prize
Performed "Attracteurs é tranges" at the Tristan Murail master classes (open to observers)
2nd Place, String Section, the 8th Tokyo Music Competition


Baroque to contemporary; in particular sonatas, concertos and virtuoso pieces of late Romantic Era.
Schumann’s small pieces, solo pieces written in modern era or later.
Actively working on Bach’s unaccompanied cello suite as well.

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