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Kayoko Minamino (ARAM) is an active performer in the UK and abroad and has won many prizes including the ‘Friedrich Kuhlau’ International Flute Competition, and is currently principal flute of the Orquestra do Norte in Portugal.


She was born in Japan in 1986. She started playing the flute at the age of nine, and her principal teachers are Yu Kurata, Koichi Ito, Toyoko Ogumi, Trevor Wye, and scholarship student of William Bennett.

After studying in Trevor Wye’s Flute Studio for 2 years, she was awarded the highest score at the entrance exam of the Royal Academy of Music for Postgraduate course, which she graduated with distinction.


She was the 1st prize winner of the ‘Friedrich Kuhlau’ International Flute Competition (2009) and the RAM All Flutes Plus Prize (2008). She won the 2nd prize at the Junior High School Student Soloist Competition in Osaka, Japan in 2001. She has won several awards such as Mrs M A Garrett Award in 2007, the Philharmonia Orchestra/Martin Musical Scholarship Fund, the Foundation Award from RAM, and the Fitch Bequest Award in 2008.


Since 2005, She has been a performer at Trevor Wye’s lectures both in USA and the UK. She has performed at the British Flute Society Convention in 2006 and 2008, and was a recitalist in 2010, as well as a recitalist at the National Flute Association Convention in USA in 2011. She has given a concert with the piccolo player Jean-Louis Beaumadier in Sapporo in 2005, has performed in the presence of HRH Queen Elizabeth in 2007, has appeared several times as principal flautist and chamber musician in the Southbank Centre's Messiaen Festival in London, and has also performed at a Trio Workshop by Sir Peter Maxwell Davies. She was an assistant teacher at the William Bennett Flute Summer School in the UK in 2009, during which she also gave a recital. In 2010 and 2011, she has performed a concerto with the Orquestra do Norte in Portugal. 


In 2012, she has been elected Associate of the Royal Academy of Music (ARAM).