Mari Fukazawa was born in Kanagawa, Japan, and studied at the Tokyo Metropolitan High School of the Arts and Tokyo University of the Arts.
She graduated in 2012 with a Master of Concert degree from Geneva Conservatoire, where she was awarded the “Pierre Fernex” prize with the highest mark for an outstanding exam. She then continued to study in the Hochshule für Musik und Theater in München from 2015 until 2017.
In 2014, Mari won 2nd prize at the Lionel Tertis Concorso held in Mozarteum University in Salzburg, and also reached the finals at the International Johannes Brahms Competition, reaching 6th place overall. From September to December 2014, she worked at Bayerische Staatsorchester as a temporary contract worker.
She has performed in concerts and festivals including Verbier Festival, the Tokyo Geidai Chamber Music Series, the 12th International Festival for Chamber Music in Kempten, ‘New Artist Series’ in Tokyo’s Kioi Hall, and the recital series TOKYO 63 in Tokyo Bunka Kaikan.
Mari studied violin with Sakiko Shimo and Kazuki Sawa and studied viola with Toshihiko Ichitsubo, Kazunori Kawasaki, Nobuko Imai, Thomas Riebl and Hariolf Schlichtig.
Currently she is a substitute in the Münchner Philharmoniker.