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Masumi Yamamoto and Takako Minami — two harpsichords

Thu May 27th 2010, 12:00–1:00 pm ◀ This event has finished
St George’s Bristol, Great George Street, Off Park Street, Bristol BS1 5RR

Admission: Adults £7 (incl. voluntary £1 donation); children/students £5; Jobseekers free

Note: This concert will be followed by an on-stage harpsichord demonstration and talk by Masumi Yamamoto. For more details, see the listing for this event at the St George’s Bristol website.


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Masumi Yamamoto

Masumi Yamamoto has performed across the UK as a soloist and continuo player. 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. 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 a finalist in the Fenton House Keyboard Ensemble Competition (2008) with ensemble Corona Baroque.

Currently undertaking a PhD in Performance at the University of York, Masumi balances her time between performing and researching. She will be broadcast on Radio 3 for their programme “Discovering Music” with St. James’s Baroque and the BBC singers later this year and has appeared with orchestras including the International Baroque Players and Camerata of London.

Masumi's 2010 engagements include recitals in London and JS Bach’s multiple-keyboard concertos in Australia.

Takako Minami graduated from Musashino College of Music in Tokyo where she completed a BMus majoring in Piano. After graduating she developed a passion for early music and began to play the harpsichord.

In 2002 Takako moved to England to study with Carole Cerasi and James Johnstone and carried on her studies at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama where she earned a Postgraduate Diploma on a scholarship.

Takako has performed both as a soloist and a continuo player in various concerts in England and abroad, including J.S Bach’s concertos for three and four harpsichords, solo and ensemble concerts for Upper Norwood Music Society and for the San Martino Music Trust. She has also participated in master classes with Davitt Moroney, Ketil Haugsand, Skip Sempé and Menno van Delft. Her festival appearances include The International Early Music Festival in London and Holland Festival Oudemuziek Utrecht.

Takako is a founding member of Aurelia Baroque Trio which was formed in 2004 with the ensemble’s debut concert performed at St Luke’s Old Street as part of their discovery series.

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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