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Masumi Yamamoto - Harpsichord Recital

Thu Apr 19th 2012, 12:00–1:00 pm ◀ This event has finished
St George’s Bristol, Great George Street, Off Park Street, Bristol BS1 5RR


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Masumi Yamamoto

Harpsichordist Masumi Yamamoto is based in the UK and regularly performs across the UK and abroad as a soloist and continuo player. She has appeared with St. James’s Baroque, Yorkshire Baroque Soloists and the International Baroque Players, and has been broadcast on BBC Radio 3 in the UK and ABC Classic FM in Australia. She 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.

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.

Masumi's performance highlights include recording for a BBC Radio 3 programme “Discovering Music” with St. James’s Baroque and the BBC singers under James O’Donnell, a recital of two-harpsichord music in Bristol, London and York, and Bach’s multiple-keyboard concertos in Brisbane Australia. She has also appeared in concerts with such distinguished musicians as Dame Emma Kirkby, Gillian Keith and Robin Blaze, and her solo recital recently received a four-star rating in The Independent: "her tempi follow the pulse of the heart, and her ornamentation is as natural as breathing".

Also a keen educator, she teaches at Streatham & Clapham High School (GDST) and James Allen's Saturday School for the Performing Arts, and has given harpsichord masterclass and lessons at Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music in Singapore and Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University in Australia.

Venue: St George’s Bristol


 St George’s Bristol (Photo: rbrwr@Flickr)

St George's Bristol was built in the 1820s and was originally known as the church of St George's Brandon Hill. When the church fell into disuse in the 1970s, it was taken over by a group of local music enthusiasts who turned it into a popular concert venue. The building was extensively refurbished in 1999, and has established itself as one of the country's leading venues for a diverse range of musical genres.

It is situated not far from Bristol Cathedral, a short walk from Park Street. The entrances are on Great George Street (Box Office entrance) and Charlotte Street (disabled access).

Visit the St George’s Bristol website for more information.

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