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Born in Japan, Miho Kawashima began her studies with Ruth Nye in London, England in 1996, and in 2002 gained a place at the Yehudi Menuhin School.

Her numerous concerts include performances in Japan, Holland, Turkey, Estonia, France, Belgium, as well as prestigious venues within London, including the Royal Festival Hall, Fairfield Halls, St James’ Palace, St. John Smith's Square, the Queen Elizabeth Hall and for the Friends of Chelsea Festival.

She taken part in masterclasses with many renowned musicians including John Lill, the Beaux Arts Trio and Sir Colin Davis.

In September 2006 she was awarded a scholarship to the Royal College of Music where she continued her studies with Ruth Nye, graduating with an Honours BMus Degree in Performance.

Concerts since include recitals in Steinway Halls and as part of the Deal Music Festival, performances of Saint-Saens 2nd piano concerto and Rachmaninoff 2nd piano concerto with the Ealing Youth Orchestra, and a wide range of solo and chamber music concerts in the UK. In 2013, she completed her Master studies at Universität Mozarteum in the class of Pavel Gililov; recent and upcoming performances include Mozart Concerto K. 415 with Sinfonietta Köln and solo and chamber music repertoire in Europe and Japan. 

Kana and Miho Kawashima are a violin and piano duo, having played together since childhood as sisters.

Kana Kawashima, born in Japan in 1991, began playing the violin at age 4. Brought to England at age 6, she studied with Eszther Katona and Natasha Boyarsky, and was awarded a place at the Yehudi Menuhin School in 2003. In 2009, she moved to study at the Vienna Konservatorium under Pavel Vernikov where she completed both her Bachelor’s and Master’s degree.                        

She has appeared as a soloist and in ensembles in major halls such as the Wigmore Hall, Royal Albert Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall (Soloist for Stars for Scope), Barbican Centre (Soloist with LSSO), Purcell Room, St. John’s Smith Square, Musikverein Vienna; performed as a soloist extensively in the UK, also in Italy, Portugal, Ireland, Austria, Israel, Japan. She has performed as a soloist with orchestras including London Schools Symphony Orchestra, Menuhin School Orchestra, Mihail Jora Symphony Orchestra and has recorded as a soloist with the London Schools Symphony Orchestra. She has broadcasted live for BBC Radio 3 'In Tune' in 2016.     

Kana has attended and performed at festivals such as the Kronberg Academy 2015, Julian Rachlin and Friends Festival, Eilat International Chamber Music Festival, Gstaad Festival, Bath International Festival and Keshet Eilon Music Festival. She is a prizewinner of various competitions such as at Oikawa Classics 2014, Tunbridge Wells International Young Artists Competition (2008) as the youngest competitor.

Kana has taken part in masterclasses with Dora Schwarzberg, Zakhar Bron, Julian Rachlin, Igor Ozim, Ana Chumachenco, Ivry Gitlis, Donald Weilerstein, Menachem Pressler and Maurizio Fuks.

She is a 2016/17 Professional Diploma student at the Royal Academy of Music with So-ock Kim. Her studies are generously supported by the Florence Whitlock Scholarship and the Albert Cooper Foundation.

She plays a N.Gagliano, Naples 1746 on kind loan from the Royal Academy of Music.