masumi yamamoto harpsichord
Harpsichordist Masumi Yamamoto was born in Osaka Japan, grew up on Australia's Gold Coast and has been based in the UK since 2001. She has appeared at several major concert venues across Europe, and has performed as far afield as Malaysia, Japan and Australia. Masumi was a prize winner at the International Harpsichord Competition in Bruges, and is due to give a solo recital in the London Handel Festival in April 2019.
Masumi graduated with a University Medal from the Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University in Brisbane Australia studying piano with Leah Horwitz and harpsichord with Huguette Brassine. In the UK, she studied piano with Vanessa Latarche and harpsichord with Virginia Black at the Royal Academy of Music, before focusing on her harpsichord studies with James Johnstone at Trinity College of Music. She was later "The English Concert" Junior Fellow with ensemble Melopoetica. Masumi completed her PhD at the University of York where she studied with Professor Peter Seymour.
More recently, Masumi made concerto appearances with London Concertante, Solisti Divini, London Brandenburg Soloists and the Keld Ensemble in the UK as well as with the Soloists of London in Spain and Paulus Barokk in Norway.
Masumi was on the panel of judges for the Broadwood Horniman Harpsichord Competition in April 2017 along with harpsichordists Sophie Yates and Robin Bigwood, and this year toured as a continuo player with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment playing Bach's St. Matthew Passion. She has also performed with ensembles such as St. James's Baroque, Yorkshire Baroque Soloists, the International Baroque Players and La Serenissima.
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. Masumi is also the Artistic Director of a Baroque concert series 'Sydenham Concerts' and is Teacher of Harpsichord at St. Paul's Girls' School.