Kana Kawashima was born in Japan and brought up in the UK from the age of five. She studied with Eszther Katona and Natasha Boyarsky, before being awarded a place at the Yehudi Menuhin School at the age of 12. She then gained both her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees at the Vienna Conservatory under Pavel Vernikov.
She returned to London in 2015 and formed the Kawashima Duo with her pianist sister Miho. Together, they performed all over the UK and Japan.
In 2017, Kana gained her Artist Diploma from the Royal Academy of Music where she held the Florence Whitlock Scholarship, studying with So-Ock Kim. She also studied baroque violin with Nicolette Moonen and Margaret Faultless.
Kana has appeared as a soloist and a chamber musician in major halls such as the Wigmore, Royal Albert and Queen Elizabeth, and at the Barbican Centre, Purcell Room and Musikverein in Vienna. She has toured extensively in the UK and worldwide as a soloist, and has been broadcast live on BBC Radio 3.
Kana spent a year with the Southbank Sinfonia, before going on to freelance with various orchestras (including as Co-Principal) including the London Mozart Players, London Philharmonic Orchestra, English Chamber Orchestra, City of London Sinfonia and Manchester Camerata.
Kana’s festival appearances include the Kronberg Academy, Julian Rachlin and Friends, Eilat International Chamber Music, Gstaad and the Keshet Eilon Music Festival.
Kana was appointed Scottish Chamber Orchestra First Violin No 4 in March 2019.
Kana Kawashima is grateful for the generous support of the Albert Cooper Scholarship and the loan of a c.1770 Busan violin from the Harrison Frank Foundation.