B i o g r a p h y
Hana Mizuta-Spencer was born in 1997 and currently lives in London. She was awarded a scholarship to study for a Masters in violin performance with Professor David Takeno at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. She has a BA in History from University College London. She attended the Junior Royal Academy of Music 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. As of May 2021, she is an Ambassador with The Benedetti Foundation.
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, Cambridge University and on BBC Radio 3. 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, including at the Faversham Music Festival, St Peter’s, Notting Hill, St Michael’s Highgate, St Matthew’s, Westminster and the Hampstead Parish Church. She has won many prizes, including the junior, intermediate and senior John McAslan Violin Prizes at the Royal Academy of Music 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 reached the semi-final stage of the Royal Overseas League competition in 2020. 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, selected to play in Professor Igor Ozim’s class in the Mozarteum Summer masterclasses in Salzburg in 2014, and went to the International Holland Music Sessions with Ulf Schneider and Krzysztof Wegrzyn in 2017 and Pierre Amoyal in 2018. She has also had masterclasses and lessons with teachers including Krzysztof Chorzelski, Daniel Hope, Krysia Osostowicz and Kurt Sassmanshaus.
As a chamber musician, Hana has performed at the Lewes Music Festival, worked with prolific musicians such as Alexander Melnikov and Catherine Manson, and attended chamber music masterclasses with Valentin Erben, David Waterman, Richard Ireland, and David Strange. She has recorded Schoenberg Quartet No 1 with Maxim Calver, Sofia Kolupov and Catherine Manson. She was a member of the Mizuta Trio, with Sheku Kanneh-Mason and Alinka Rowe. They won the Dame Ruth Railton Chamber Music prize in 2014 and 2016 and performed at the Clapham Omnibus, Burgh House, the Holywell Music Room and on BBC Radio 3. She is currently the leader of the Zephyr Quartet, formed in December 2019 with other students from Guildhall. She has been performing in the Fantasia Orchestra in various leadership roles since 2016, working with musicians such as Tasmin Little and Sheku Kanneh-Mason.