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Masumi Yamamoto's Homepage!
was born in Osaka Japan, grew up on Australia's Gold Coast and has been based in the UK since 2001. She has appeared with
orchestras including St. James’s Baroque, Yorkshire Baroque Soloists and
, and at venues such as the Purcell
Room, the Royal Albert Hall, St. John's Smith Square and Cadogan Hall. Recent concerts 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), 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
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. 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.
is also passionate about repertoire for two harpsichords and has appeared in
concerts across the UK with her duo partner Takako Minami. They will make their
debut in Japan later in 2015. Masumi is also active as a concerto soloist, and
has recently performed Brandenburg Concerto No. 5 with Paulus Barokk in Norway
and London Concertante in Glasgow and London. In April and May 2015, she will
play Bach’s D minor Harpsichord Concerto with the Keld Ensemble.
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.