Mayumi Tayake is a Japanese pianist based in Seattle. She moved to Seattle in 2008 to pursue her Doctoral program at UW where she completed her degree in 2012 as a recipient of full scholarship/graduate teaching assistant. Her dissertation, “Performance guide to Makrokosmos (George Crumb)” have earned her a niche in the contemporary music scene and she can be heard often in ensemble and in solo setting giving US or world premier of contemporary works of various composers. In 2015 and 2016, two CDs were produced under MSR label comprised of solo and flute/piano works of Daniel Carr, Kirkland based composer.
Tayake made her debut at age 16 with the Grand Rapids Symphony. 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. She toured Western Washington in 2012 as winner of the Ladies Musical Club of Seattle Frances Walton Competition.
Tayake’s early training was with a renowned pedagogue,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 as his teaching assistant and recipient of James Streem Endowment Award, and Doctor of Musical Arts degree at University of Washington studying with Craig Sheppard.
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. Mayumi taught at Florida State University and University of Washington as a graduate teaching assistant and at Grays Harbor College as a faculty. She currently has a successful private studio in Bellevue and enjoys working with students of all ages. She is a founder of Music Storytelling, a piano/violin duo group that works with various media giving free performances at schools and library in hope to spark children’s interest in classical music.