Karen Kido


Karen Kido
Born in Tokyo in 1994, Karen Kido began her violin training at the age of four. At the age of nine, she won the Grand Prize in the Kamakura City Student Music Competition. At the age of thirteen, she won 1st prize in the 61st Student Music Competition of Japan sponsored by the Mainichi Newspaper. The following year, she won 1st prize in the 28th Michelangelo Abbado International Competition for Violinists (Milan). At the age of fifteen, in the Violin Section of the 2009 George Enescu International Competition (Bucharest), she was awarded the Premium Special ‘‘Remember Enescu’’ Award, and received encouragement from her jury. During her high school days, she won the 14th Matsukata Hall Music Award sponsored by the Kobe Newspaper, and 2nd prize in the 79th the Music Competition of Japan sponsored by the Mainichi Newspaper & NHK. She also performed a Beethoven violin concerto in the 80th music Competition of Japan, where she won 3rd prize. In 2013, she received the special ‘‘Youth Award’’ in the 8th Leopold Mozart International violin competition.
While Karen devoted herself to her studies at domestic and foreign seminars, including the Ozawa International Chamber Music Academy in Okushiga, she won the Ishikawa Music Academy IMA Music Award, an Award of the Förderverein der Carl Flesch Akademie, and a Miyazaki Music Academy Award. As a soloist, Karen has performed with the Tokyo City Philharmonic Orchestra, the Baden-Baden Philharmonie, the Japan Philharmonic Orchestra, the Miyazaki International Music Festival Orchestra, and the Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra. From the age of eight, Karen studied under Prof. Yasuo Mito at the preschool for the Tokyo College of Music.
She has studied under Koichiro Harada, Asako Urushihara, and Masafumi Hori. She also takes lessons from Tsugio Tokunaga, Masao Kawasaki, and Pierre Amoyal. Currently a 4th-year student at Tokyo University of the Arts, she is supported by the Ezoe Memorial Foundation. She was awarded the Fukushima Award for the most excellent freshman in a string section in a University.
CHANEL Pygmalion Days 2016 Artist.

(As of December 2016)