Miho Kawai (Viola)
Miho Kawai was born in Hiroshima, Japan in 1993. She began studying the violin at the age of 5. When she was 16 years old she began playing the viola and she switched completely to the viola at age 21.
Miho graduated from the Toho Gauken School of Music in Tokyo. She studied under Isako Shinozaki (violin), later Sumiko Edo and Ryo Sasaki (viola). In 2015 she transferred to the Reina Sofia School of Music in Madrid, Spain where she studied under the mentorship of Nobuko Imai and Wenting Kang (Viola), Heime Müller (Chamber music). Since 2017, she is doing a Master’s degree at Frankfurt University of Music and Performing Arts, Germany. She currently studies under Ingrid Zur (Viola), Lucas Fels (Contemporary music), Angelika Merkle (Chamber music).
In 2016, Miho was awarded the prize “Sobresaliente” from Queen Sofía of Spain as the most outstanding student. She participated in Ozawa International Chamber music Academy Okushiga focusing on string quartet studies. She was invited 43rd International Viola Congress as the semi finalist of International Viola Competition "Città di Cremona". She has given recitals and chamber music concerts in various places of Spain, such as National Auditorium in Madrid and the residence of Japanese ambassador to Spain. In 2017, she participated in Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival, she performed in many concerts with great conductors such as Christoph Eschenbach, Ton Koopman.
In 2018, she was temporary violist of Frankfurter Opern- und Museumsorchester. She is going to join the projects of Ensemble Modern (Germany) and Spira Mirabilis (Italy). Also she has started to teach violin, viola, chamber music as a substitute for Prof. Jörg Heyer.