About this event:
- Event type:
- Free | In-person
- Silk Street Music Hall
Integrating 18th- and 19th-Century Practice into Modern Harp Playing
We are delighted to welcome Dr Masumi Nagasawa to work with Guildhall musicians in this masterclass which explores how 18th and 19th-century harp practices can inform performances on the modern harp.
Masumi Nagasawa is a versatile, internationally-known harpist. Besides her broad harp repertoire of classical and modern music, she is an expert on the 18th and 19th-century harp practice, giving masterclasses in conservatories and universities all over the world.
Masumi Nagasawa is a versatile internationally-known harpist. She was born in Tokyo, Japan but spent much of her childhood and early education in the Netherlands. Besides her broad harp repertoire of classical and modern music, she is an expert on the 18th and 19th-century harp practice, giving masterclasses in conservatories and universities worldwide. She received her PhD from the University of Leeds, England, in 2018. She teaches double and single-action pedal harp at the University of Music in Detmold, Germany.
Masumi studied harp with Phia Berghout in the Maastricht Conservatory, receiving her orchestra and solo diploma cum laude. She was also awarded Prix d’ Excellence in the Netherlands and the Muramatsu Music Prize Grand Prix in Japan. Since then, she has been invited to many International Festivals, such as the Kuhmo International Chamber Music Festival, the Salzburg Music Festival, the Geneva Music Festival and the Ittinger Pfingstkonzerte.
She has performed on the single-action pedal harp with the Academy of Ancient Music, the Freiburger Baroque Orchestra, the Balthasar-Neuman Ensemble, the Kammerorchester Basel, the Orchestra La Scintilla and the Netherlands Bach Society.
She has also been invited as a jury member for numerous International Harpcompetitions, including the Concours de harpe Lily Laskine in Paris.
Alongside her concert appearances, she composes and arranges music for the harp that has been published as well.
More than 20 CD recordings are released on labels such as Toshiba EMI Japan, Etcetera, Channel Classics, Globe, Ars and by BIS.
Her annotated version of L.Spohr, Fantasie op.35, will be published by URTEXT Bärenreiter this year.
Research paper: Single-action pedal harp and their implications for the performing practice of its repertoire from 1760 to 1830
Silk Street Theatre, Music Hall and Lecture Recital Room are located in the main Guildhall School building on Silk Street and for Barbican produced events the venue can also be accessed from the Barbican if you exit via the doors next to Barbican Kitchen on Level G.
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