Hazuki Katsukawa is a Japanese violinist who moved to New Zealand in 2020 to pursue her dream to be a musician. Starting the violin at the age of 4, Hazuki has received tuition from various teachers, including Junkichi Nishimura, Kazuto Umezawa, and Midori Kondo. She veered away from intense violin learning to pursue a non-musical degree, but her passion for music drew her back and increased her determination. She picked up her violin again for the first time in some years, and 2021 was her first year at Bachelor of Music at the University of Auckland. She had a wonderful time learning the violin from the basic to the advanced skills comprehensively. Currently, Hazuki is studying violin under the tutelage of Mark Bennett and chamber music by James Yoo.
Hazuki won the 2021 Concerto Competition at the University of Auckland. She has played in various large ensembles, including Auckland Youth Orchestra, New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, National Youth Orchestra, School of Music Symphony Orchestra at the University of Auckland, and participating Wakatipu Music Festival and Adam Summer School in 2022.
Hazuki is a versatile musician who enjoys interpreting a range of musical genres, including world music and exploration of improvisation. Hazuki believes in her potential and looks forward to exploring her musicality and musicianship further. In her spare time, Hazuki enjoys cooking spending time with her friends and is always on the hunt for a nice coffee.