The 12-year-old Japanese violinist joins the roster for general management


Violinist Himari Yoshimura © Nichole MCH Photography

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KD SCHMID has announced the signing of 12-year-old Japanese violinist Himari Yoshimura to its roster for general management. She will be represented by Naomi Ives for general management, with Caroline Downs as her artist manager.

‘I am really excited to be joining KD SCHMID,’ said Yoshimura. ‘I truly appreciate my teacher Ms. Ida and all who have been guiding me. I want to learn more repertoire and become an artist who can tell the wonderfulness of music to many people in the world through the violin that I love.’

‘It is a huge honour that KD SCHMID has been entrusted to help nurture and protect such a talented young artist,’ said Naomi Ives, Yoshimura’s general manager and KD SCHMID director. ‘The KDS team will take great care to ensure that Himari is guided and encouraged to continue to develop her own unique musicality. Himari is a very bright, caring and happy person and we are all very much looking forward to working with her.’

Born in 2011, Yoshimura began learning the violin at the age of three and made her professional debut as a soloist with orchestra at the age of six. She has since won many competitions, including the Violin Competition in Honour of Karol Lipinski and Henryk Wieniawski in Poland, the Leonid Kogan International Violin Competition and Arthur Grumiaux International Violin Competition in Belgium, the Andrea Postacchini International Violin Competition in Italy, and the Scherkunchik International Music Competition in Russia.

Yoshimura has been studying with Ida Kavafin at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia since 2022, where she was one of the youngest ever applicants to gain admittance to the school.

She now joins numerous famed string soloists represented by KD SCHMID, including violinists Hilary Hahn, Augustin Hadelich, Baiba Skride, Guido Sant’Anna, Arabella Steinbacher and Christian Tetzlaff, and cellists Jaemin Han, Yo-Yo Ma, Daniel Müller-Schott and Tanja Tetzlaff.

‘Himari is a once in a generation talent and her bubbly personality is infectious,’ said KD SCHMID managing director Karen McDonald. ‘We are thrilled to welcome her to KD SCHMID.’

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