Dutch-Japanese violinist and violist Mayu Konoe (Amsterdam, 1997) began her lessons at the age of four with Coosje Wijzenbeek. Two years later, she had successfully auditioned for the School for Young Talent of the Royal Conservatoire of The Hague, and in 2006 she enrolled at the Sweelinck Academy at the Conservatory of Amsterdam. She is currently studying at the University of the Arts Berlin with Prof. Mark Gothoni. In addition to the regular classes, Mayu has attended masterclasses and lessons with, among others, Stephan Picard, Eszter Haffner, Kyoko Takezawa, Mi-Kyung Lee, Elina Vähälä and Leonid Sorokow.
She started playing chamber music early; she was nine when she was a part of Quartetto Piccolo, which went on to play in the Recital Hall of the Concertgebouw Amsterdam. In 2012 she played the Schumann Piano Quintet with Lucas Jussen in a masterclass with the world-renowned pianist Menahem Pressler.
Impressed with their playing, he invited them to play the same piece with him for the 125th anniversary concert of the Concertgebouw Amsterdam. She has performed the pianoquintet with other well-known artists such as Nino Gvedatze, Yejin Gil, Benedict Klöckner, and Paolo Giacometti.
Mayu also forms a duo with her twin-brother Takehiro; at nine years old, they won the Maassluise Muziekweek, and played Bach’s Double Concerto with the Dutch Theatre Orchestra under the baton of Jules van Hessen in the Recital Hall of the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, and in 2008 with the National Youth Orchestra (JON) at the Kinderprinsengrachtconcert. They were awarded three times the first prize at the Prinses Christina Concours in 2015, which led them to be invited to play in the C.I.M.A. festival in Italy, invited by Princess Christina herself. They have also performed Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante with the Residentie Orkest, Amsterdam Symphony Orchestra and the Sinfonietta Rotterdam. As a soloist, Mayu has performed with the Gildenbondsharmonie and the Yehudi Menuhin School Orchestra London. She has played in many different festivals including the Internationale Kamermuziekfestival Utrecht with Janine Jansen, the Grachtenfestival Amsterdam, and the Festival Internacional Música Clássica de João Pessoa in Brazil.
Mayu has received several scholarships from the VanDenEnde Foundation, the International Academy of Music in Liechtenstein, and is a scholarship holder of Live Music Now Berlin e.V..