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Harpsichordist Masumi Yamamoto
was born in Osaka Japan, grew up on the Gold Coast in Australia and has been based in the UK since 2001. She has appeared with orchestras including St. James’s Baroque, Yorkshire Baroque Soloists and the International Baroque Players
, and at venues such as the Purcell Room, the Royal Albert Hall, and St. John's Smith Square. Recent performance activities have taken her to France, Germany, Norway and Italy, and she has also performed as far afield as Malaysia, Japan and Australia. Masumi was a prize winner at the prestigious International Harpsichord Competition in Bruges in 2007 and became the first Japanese harpsichordist to reach the finals in 21 years. She was also a semi-finalist in the International Johann Sebastian Bach Competition in Leipzig (2006), a runner-up in the Broadwood Harpsichord Competition in London (2007), and the winner of 2012 Fenton House Keyboard Ensemble Competition with ensemble Akenside Players
. A solo recital in London was also given a four-star rating
in The Independent
in 2012: "her tempi follow the pulse of the heart, and her ornamentation is as natural as breathing".
Masumi graduated with a University Medal from the Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University in Brisbane Australia where she studied piano with Leah Horwitz and harpsichord with Huguette Brassine. In the UK, she studied at the Royal Academy of Music, then at Trinity College of Music as a pupil of harpsichordist James Johnstone and was later "The English Concert" Junior Fellow with ensemble Melopoetica. Masumi is currently a PhD candidate at the University of York.
Now also a keen teacher, Masumi has given lessons and Masterclasses at Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music in Singapore and Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University in Australia, and is Teacher of Harpsichord at St. Paul's Girls' School.