Makoto Nakata

Makoto Nakata

Key Facts

  • Instrument: Violin


Makoto (1994) currently studies with Professor Philippe Honoré at the Royal Academy of Music as a Leverhulme Trust Postgraduate Scholar. She is the recipient of many prizes including the Worshipful Company of Musicians’ Busenhart Morgan Evans Award, the Harriet Cohen Memorial Award, the LSO Candide Award and First Prize in the Oxford Philharmonic Competition. Her studies have been generously supported by The Drapers Company, The Stephen Bell Trust, and the Countess of Munster Trust. Prior to her studies at the Academy, she read Music at St. Catherine’s College, Oxford as a Leask Scholar and graduated with First-Class Honours. There, she received The Stuart Craig Award as an outstanding student who had achieved distinction in musical activities.

Just two years after beginning the violin aged five, Makoto gained a place at the Junior Department of the Royal College of Music. During her time there she received numerous awards including the Constance Farrington Prize, the Freda Dinn & Ida Mabbett Prize and First prizes in the Gordon Turner and the Hugh Bean Violin Competitions. Highlights as a soloist include performances of the Mendelssohn and Korngold Violin Concertos with the Oxford Philharmonic. She recently featured on BBC Radio 3 as part of the Proms performing solo and chamber works by Colin Matthews. She has participated in masterclasses with Tasmin Little, Shlomo Mintz, Anne-Sophie Mutter and Maxim Vengerov among others.

Makoto plays on a Carlo Antonio Testore, 1741 kindly on loan from the Royal Academy of Music.


Musicians’ Company Award: Busenhart Morgan Evans 2015

Page Updated: 2017