Mayu Kuroda Cipriano was born in Tokyo, Japan, and began studying violin at the age of five. At 12 she won the Special Prize in the All-Japan Mainichi Competition, and at 13 played with the NHK second symphony. At the behest of Cho-Liang Lin, she came to the U.S. to study with Ms. Dorothy Delay at the Juilliard Pre-College. Mayu continued her undergraduate studies at Juilliard, earning a Bachelor of Music in 1998. In addition to Juilliard, she also attended the Aspen Music Festival for six consecutive summers beginning in 1991, earning a second prize in the Nakamichi concerto competition; as a result, she performed in recital at the Wheeler Opera House.
Mayu has performed numerous recitals with her sister Ai, a Juilliard graduate in Piano, in New York and Japan, including
performances at the Cremona Exhibition of the Christoph Landon Gallery (Columbia University), the Russian Tea Room, and features on Tokyo radio and television shows. in New York, Mayu was a member of the Astor Quartet, which performed throughout the city and toured South America, appearing on Colombian television. She also performs with the Ambrosia Quartet, which is based in Hampton Roads, Virginia, and was featured in the Virginia Symphony Orchestra's Salon chamber music series.
Currently, Mayu is in her sixth season with the Virginia Symphony, having previously held positions with the Atlanta Ballet Orchestra and the San Antonio Symphony. In addition, she has substituted with the New York City Ballet Orchestra and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. Currently she resides in Colonial Heights with her husband James and their beloved cat George.