Megumi Maekawa (Megumi Margaret Kenevan), daughter of an American father and Japanese mother, was born and grew up in Tokyo, Japan. She graduated with high honors from the junior music academy affiliated with Japan’s Toho College of Music (2004-2019, taught by Yuko Mitsuyasu) and is currently a student at Futaba High School in Tokyo. Megumi studies piano under the primary tutelage of Yukio Yokoyama.
She has participated in several of Japan’s most well-known music festivals and has attended many master classes led by internationally renowned pianists; including Andrzej Jasinski, Cyprien Katsaris, Katsurako Mikami, Piotr Paleczny, Hibiki Tamura and Ayako Uehara. She has finished at the top of many Japanese domestic and international competitions, and her recent awards include gold (high school category) and silver (solo artist category) medals in the 2021 Chopin International Piano Competition in Asia, the Absolute Award in the 2022 WPTA Finland international piano competition (Senior section), 1st prize in the 2022 Concurs Internacional de Piano On-line Chopin Sessions Felanitx (Age group 15-18) and 2nd Prize in the 2022 San Francisco International Piano Competition (Professional category, Young Artist). She is invited to the World Piano Conference for an on-line piano recital to be held later this year.