Mayumi Fujikawa's earliest training began with her father, a self-taught violinist, at the age of 3. At sixteen she attended the Toho Conservatoire in Tokyo studying with the Hideo Saito, Kenji Kobayashi & Tomoyasu Soh. A scholarship from the Alex de Vries Foundation enabled her to work with Franz Wigy, a pupil of Ysaye, at the Flemish National Music Institute in Belgium. She later studied briefly with Leonid Kogan prior to her Grand Prix Vieuxtemps and her spectacular success in the 1970 Tchaikovsky Competition, where she was described by David Oistrach as "the revelation of the competition".
Her concert activities have taken her as far afield as South America, the Far-East, Israel, Asia and her native Japan. Her career in the United States began with a spectacular debut at the Lincoln Center with the Philadelphia Orchestra and Eugene Ormandy and has since widened to include appearances with virtually all the major US orchestras including Chicago, Boston, Houston, Dallas, Detroit, Pittsburgh, San Francisco, Los Angeles and Cleveland with which she appeared with Lorin Maazel at Carnegie Hall.
Other eminent conductors with whom she has worked include Daniel Barenboim, Sir Andrew Davis, Charles Dutoit, Lawrence Foster, Kyril Kondrashin, James Levine, Zubin Mehta, Sergio Ozawa, Andre Previn, Joseph Krips, Kurt Sanderling, Wolfgang Sawallisch, Walter Weller and Sir Simon Rattle. She has been guest at Europe's most prestigious International Festivals, including Aldeburgh, Edinburgh and the London Proms, in addition to Ravinia, Saratoga and Tanglewood Festivals in the United States.
Chamber Music has been an integral part of her artistic life forming longstanding partnerships with Michael Roll, Jorge Federico Osorio and Richard Markson in addition to appearances with Andre Previn, Ralph Kirshbaum, Nobuko Imai, Peter Frankl, Craig Sheppard and Gerald Robbins.