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About Mana S.
Mana is a freelance oboist based in Cheshire. Originally from Tokyo, she moved to the UK aged 13 to study at Chetham's School of Music. Her further training took place at the Royal Academy of Music and Guildhall School of Music & Drama in London. During her studies Mana was awarded numerous awards and prizes including Evelyn Rothwell/Barbirolli Prize, Craxton Memorial Trust Award and Leverhulme Trust Scholarship. At the 2014 Barbirolli International Oboe Competition her performance of York Bowen Sonata earned her the Cains Advocates Prize.
Teaching has always been an inherent part of Mana's professional life. She is currently the peripatetic oboe teacher at three private schools in Cheshire and Greater Manchester, as well as teaching privately in person and online. Mana is sought after by learner oboists of all levels and ages and she enjoys tailoring her teaching method to each student according to their interests and goals. All her students who enter ABRSM Grade Exams achieve high Merit or Distinction.
As a versatile performer Mana works with orchestras such as Manchester Camerata and Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, as well as with specialist ensembles such as Birmingham Contemporary Music Group and Octandre Ensemble. Mana also performs as a concerto soloist with London Concertante. She is a member of a dynamic wind quintet, Magnard Ensemble, with whom she performs all over the country and delivers inspirational education workshops. Their past appearances include Wigmore Hall (London), Bridgewater Hall (Manchester) and a live broadcast on BBC Radio 3's In Tune. Record releases by Magnard Ensemble are available to listen on Apple Music, Spotify, YouTube and Amazon Music.
When not playing or teaching the oboe (or reed making...!), Mana can be found walking, reading, watching Netflix or practising Pilates. Cats, tea and ballet will always bring a smile to her face too.