Mayumi Tayake is a Japanese pianist based in Seattle. Recognized for her musical sensitivity and delicate touch, she made her debut with the Grand Rapids Symphony for winning their concerto competition. She is in demand as a soloist, collaborating musician and as a teacher and works with various orchestras and chamber groups in the Northwest. Winner of various competitions, her notable awards include the 68th Young Musicians Concert Series, which lead to a performance at Carnegie/Weill Recital Hall; Grand Rapids Symphony Concerto Competition followed by a performance with the orchestra; and a Michigan Music Teachers Association competition, after which she performed for a guest conductor, Maestro Phillipe Entremont at the winner’s recital. Most recently, she became the winner of the Ladies Musical Club of Seattle Competition and gave a Western Washington State tour.
Dr. Tayake’s early training was with Yong Hi Moon, and later on with Dr. Solomon Mikowsky at Manhattan School of Music, where she was a recipient of President’s Award and earned her Bachelor’s degree. She went on to receive her Master’s degree at Florida State University studying with James Streem, and Doctor of Musical Arts degree at University of Washington studying with Craig Sheppard. Mayumi earned her MM and DMA as a recipient of full scholarship/graduate teaching assistant and James Streem Endowment Award. She has performed for renowned artists, Yefim Bronfman, Boris Berman, Sergei Babayan, Nelita True, John Perry, Margaret Leng-Tan, John Kimura Parker, and Richard Morris in a master class.
An advocate of the new music and an avid chamber music player, Mayumi performs as a member of Trio Seattle and Three Strings Trio.
Dr. Tayake taught at the Florida State University and University of Washington as a graduate teaching assistant and after completing her Doctoral degree, taught at Grays Harbor College as a faculty. She currently has a successful private studio and enjoys working with students of all ages. She is a founder of Music Storytelling, a piano and violin duo group that works with various media in hope to spark children’s interest in classical music.