By Sonia Gray and George Cady / Special to the Triplicate

Brookings Harbor Friends of Music proudly hosts Japanese violinist Mayuko Kamio on Sunday.

Mayuko, the gold medalist of the 2007 International Tchaikovsky Competition, is widely praised for her silken tone, long expressive phrasing and virtuoso techniques. The New York Times called Kamio an “exciting young musician” and “a radiant talent.”

Kamio made her concerto debut in Tokyo at age 10 in a concert broadcast on Japanese television. Since then, she has appeared as soloist with the Boston Pops and in collaboration with Mstislav Rostropovich and Zubin Mehta.

Recently she toured with the Israel Philharmonic, the Munich Philharmonic and the German SWR Symphony Orchestra. she has recently performed in New York, Washington DC, St. Petersburg, Moscow, Frankfurt, Warsaw and Tokyo.

Kamio was born in Osaka, Japan in 1986 and began to play the violin at age 4. She currently plays on the Antonio Stradivari 1731 Rubinoff violin on a generous loan from Munetsugu Collection.


Appearing with Mayuko will be pianist Maria Garcia. Garcia began piano studies in her native Puerto Rico at age 4, making her debut with the Puerto Rico Symphony Orchestra at age 10. She holds a bachelor’s of music with distinction in performance from the New England Conservatory of Music and a master’s degree as well as doctoral studies from SUNY Stony Brook.

An active chamber musician and soloist, Garcia has performed throughout the U.S., Europe, the Middle East and Latin America with groups like the Mark Morris Dance Company, her former Piano Trio Melànge, the Bamberg

and Madagascar String Quartets, Musical Chairs Ensemble and Poetica Musica. As a teacher she has served on the faculties of the Manhattan School of Music and other prestigious institutions.

Now a Portlander, she is best known as one half of the XX Digitus Piano Duo which has been praised as “Dynamite, Dynamic and Impressive” by the press. She also has a private teaching studio in Northeast Portland.

Their program includes works by Mozart, Ravel, Brahms and Rachmaninoff.

The concert is 3 p.m. Sunday at Seventh Day Adventist Church, 102 Park Ave., Brookings. Adult tickets are $20. Season tickets are also available. Students under 18 are admitted free and are encouraged to attend.

Tickets may be purchased at the door, or at Wright’s Custom Framing and Art Supplies. For further information call 541-412-2957, or visit

Concert schedule change

The Minetti Quartet Concert originally scheduled for March 18 has been changed to Feb. 25. The time and location remain the same.