B i o g r a p h y
Hana Mizuta-Spencer was born in 1997 and is a scholar at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, studying for a Masters in violin performance with Professor David Takeno. She attended the Junior Royal Academy of Music every Saturday from the age of 8, and held a music scholarship at University College School which she attended for 6th Form. Previously, she held music scholarships at both St Paul's Girls' School and the Purcell School of Music. She has a scholarship to do her Masters in Performance at Guildhall starting in September.
Hana performs regularly, and has played in venues in London, Japan, Holland and Switzerland, including the British Library, Wigmore Hall, St Martin-in-the-Fields, St John’s Smith Square, Kew Music Festival, Munster Square, the Royal Academy of Music, the Purcell School, Cambridge University and on BBC Radio 3. Most recently, she performed the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto with the JRAM Symphony Orchestra, having won the JRAM Concerto competition in January of 2016, as well as playing the Lark Ascending with the Fantasia Orchestra in Summer 2016. She regularly gives recitals, and recently, was invited to play at the Faversham Music Festival, at St Peter's Church in Notting Hill and at the 'Music in the Great Hall' recital series at UCS. She has won various prizes, including the junior, intermediate and senior John McAslan Violin Prizes at the JRAM, and the John Juviler Cup from the Ealing Festival twice. She won the Purcell School 'Middle School Concerto Competition' which led to her performing the Brahms Double Concerto with Hayoung Choi. She attends courses throughout the year, and was able to attain a place on the International Music Seminar in Prussia Cove in 2015, studying with Gerhard Schulz, and was selected to play in Professor Igor Ozim’s class in the Mozarteum Summer masterclasses held in Salzburg in 2014. In 2017, she attended the International Holland Music Sessions with Ulf Schneider and Krzysztof Wegrzyn. She has also had masterclasses and lessons with teachers including Krzysztof Chorzelski, Daniel Hope, Krysia Osostowicz and Kurt Sassmanshaus.
Hana is a passionate chamber musician and has attended the prolific chamber music course ‘MusicWorks’ for the past 4 years, run by members of the London Haydn Quartet, Robert Max and other renowned musicians. As a chamber musician, she has played in the Lewes Music Festival alongside Catherine Manson, and attended chamber music masterclasses with David Waterman, Richard Ireland, John York and David Strange. She is a member of the Mizuta Trio, which won the Dame Ruth Railton Chamber Music prize in 2014 and 2016. Most recently, they performed at the Clapham Omnibus, but in the past, they have given performances at the Holywell Music Room in Oxford and on BBC Radio 3.