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Date and Time

Thursday, June 4, 2015 at 7:30 pm


Meydenbauer Theatre
11100 NE 6th ST
Bellevue, WA 98004


Les PreludesFranz Liszt
Symphony No. 4Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Violin Concerto in a minor Op. 53Antonín Dvorák

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Mira M. Yamamoto, violin

Photograph of Mira M. Yamamoto

Winner of the Sammamish Symphony's 2015 Youth Concerto Competition.

As a winner of the American Fine Arts Festival Concerto Competition, Ms. Yamamoto performed in recital at Carnegie Hall's Weill Recital Hall in New York City, and was a featured soloist on the National Public Radio series “Stars of Tomorrow” recorded live at the Heifetz International Music Institute in Staunton, Virginia. Solo experiences have included solos with the Saratoga Chamber Orchestra, Seattle Festival Orchestra, Eastside Symphony Orchestra, and Cascade Symphony Orchestra. Ms. Yamamoto is a two-time winner of the Saratoga Chamber Orchestra Young Artist Competition, a two-time winner of the Performing Arts Festival of the Eastside, an age division winner of the Philadelphia International Music Festival Concerto Competition, a winner of the Eastside Symphony Concerto Competition, and has won top prizes in many prestigious competitions including the Music Teachers National Association State String Competition, the Coeur d’Alene International Concerto Competition, the Simon-Fiset SMTA Competition, the Bushell Concerto Competition, and the Seattle Young Artists Music Festival.

This summer, Ms. Yamamoto will return to the Aspen Music Festival and School to study with Naoko Tanaka of The Juilliard School. Previous summers have taken her to the Heifetz International Music Institute where she studied with Grigory Kalinovsky and Mark Kaplan of Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music, Manhattan in the Mountains also with Professor Kalinovsky, the Marrowstone Summer Music Festival where she served as associate concertmaster under Dale Clevenger, emeritus Principle Horn of the Chicago Symphony, and the Philadelphia International Music Festival where she studied with Noah Geller, Concertmaster of the Kansas City Symphony.

During the 2013-2014 school year, Ms. Yamamoto attended the Seattle Conservatory of Music where she received training in music theory, ear training, eurhythmics, conducting, music history, creative expression, performance classes, regular outreach concerts, and chamber music. Her studies were funded in full by a Dorothy Richard Starling Foundation Scholarship.

Ms. Yamamoto has performed in masterclasses for Brian Lewis, William Preucil, Vadim Gluzman, Augustin Hadelich, Paul Kantor, Curtis Macomber, Ingrid Matthews, and Karl-Ove Mannberg, among others.

In 2013 Ms. Yamamoto was selected to serve as Concertmaster of the Thalia Symphony Orchestra in Seattle, and is currently serving her second season under the baton of Maestro Michael Miropolsky.

Ms. Yamamoto studies violin with Simon James, Second Assistant Concertmaster of the Seattle Symphony, and piano collaborator Hiro David of the Coleman Violin Studio. Mira is a 12th grader at The Keystone School and in her spare time, she enjoys drawing, photography, art, and looking at vegan food blogs.

Ms. Yamamoto will continue her studies at The Juilliard School of Music this fall 2015 under the direction of Ms. Naoko Tanaka.

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