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Miho Hakamata was born in Hamamatsu, Japan and began learning the violin at the age of three under the tutelage of Dr Suzuki.
At the age of ten she performed Mozart's violin concerto No.5 in A in front of over one thousand people in Matsumoto City Hall in Nagano and graduated in the Suzuki Method at the age of twelve.
Since the age of seven, Miho's dream was always to become a violinist and violin teacher.
She studied music at Kyoto City University of Arts and completed a Masters Degree in Music.
She went on to lead the Baroque Ensemble of Hamamatsu whilst building up her own teaching practice including teaching at Gakugei High School in Hamamatsu.
Miho was offered a scholarship to study with Maestro Tibor Varga in Switzerland following her participation in his International Violin Competition.
Since then she has returned to Japan on many occasions, undertaking successful recital tours.
She has also recorded a CD of violin miniatures with pianist Nigel Clayton and further developed her career by performing in the United Kingdom and on luxury P&O cruises.
She was also invited to play at Highgrove for a dinner hosted by Prince Charles.
Miho has built up a teaching practice in the United Kingdom as well.
Her students give regular performances in aid of charity and they have had success not only in music exams but also in gaining music scholarships, membership of the prestigious National Children's Orchestra, admission to the junior department of the Royal College of Music and winning some music competitions.
After being an external teacher of the junior department of the Royal College of Music, London, she is now teaching the violin and piano at Wickham Court School in West Wickham, Greater London, as well as to numerous private students.