Japanese-American pianist Mai Mizuno has appeared in various venues throughout the world, from Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage in Washington, D.C., to Miyama Conseru in Japan. Her performance of the Saint-Saens’ Second Piano Concerto with the Eastern Music Festival orchestra was praised for “dominat[ing] the music from the start, with a strong technique and unflagging energy” (Classical Voice of North Carolina).
An avid chamber and collaborative pianist, Mai has worked closely with and served as studio pianist of violinists Kevork Mardirossian, Grigory Kalinovsky, Jorja Fleezanis, Mimi Zweig, trombonists Carl Lenthe, Peter Ellefson, and baritone Wolfgang Brendel. She served as accompanist for the Indiana University’s Pre-College String Academy. In the summer of 2016, Mai participated in the Kirishima Music Festival’s Chamber Music Program, performing Beethoven’s Piano Trio Op. 70-1 (Ghost) and Brahms’ Second Violin Sonata.
Mai has received lessons and masterclasses from many pianists including Vladimir Feltsman, John Perry, Barbara Nissman, Ory Shihor, Diane Walsh, Jimmy Briere, Maneli Pirzadeh, and Gabriel Kwok. In the past, she has participated in the Orford Academy, Colburn Academy Piano Festival, Eastern Music Festival, and California Summer Music.
She has received many awards in competitions, including the Eastern Music Festival Solo and Concerto Competitions, MTAC Solo and Concerto Piano Competitions, CAPMT Bartok & Contemporary Piano Competition, CMTANC Youth Music Competition, and Young Pianist’s Beethoven Competition.
Mai holds Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from Indiana University, where she was an Associate Instructor for two years, teaching class piano and private lessons for music and non-music majors. She is currently pursuing her doctorate at University of North Texas under Vladimir Viardo. Her mentors include Shigeo Neriki, Jean-Louis Haguenauer, Arnaldo Cohen, Evelyne Brancart, and Hans Boepple.