VOCAL MUSIC INSTRUCTOR

  Mai Shimizu
  Ippei Kawamura


 MAI SHIMIZU

A native of Fukuoka, Mai Shimizu graduated top of the class from Gustav Mahler Conservatory in Vienna.

She has sung Zerlina in Don Giovanni (in both Italian and German), and Susanna in The Marriage of Figaro in Vienna. She premiered “A Song for Soprano and Left Hand” at a concert organized by Vienna Contemporary Association. The composition was composed by Prof. Elzbieta Wiedner- Zajac of the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna, and dedicated to Mrs. Shimizu.

In Japan, she has appeared in many opera productions, include Gretel in Hansel and Gretel, Pamina in Magic Flute, Brahms’s Sandmӓnnchen as well as in Beethoven’s 9th Symphony as a soprano soloist. She actively performs solo recitals and have performed a duo concert with renown Japanese guitarist Masahiro Masuda.

She finished first at 22nd annual Ichikawa Cultural Foundation New Performers Competition, and placed third at 29th Iizuka New Commers Music Competition. A long list of award she has received include the Kyusyu Asahi Broadcasting Award, Iizuka City Board of Education Award, Iizuka Cultual Association Iizuka Award. She captured 1st at 2nd Tokyo International Vocal Competition, and was a finalist at 15th “Concert Marronnier21” Vocal Competition.

●●A Message from the Instructor●●
Beginners welcome! We can work on the basics of vocalization to variety of song style such as lieder, operatic arias, as well as Japanese songs. I will customize our lesson based on your need and request.

 Her Blog 『 内なる響き~der Innenklang~ 』

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 IPPEI KAWAMURA piano accompaniment

A graduate of the Waseda University, Mr. Kawamura finished 2nd in the 45th Kyushu Guitar Music Competition, and the 24th GLC Young Artists Guitar Competition.

In 2001, he received rave reviews as he gave concert in Taiwan with Chinese guitarist Meng-Feng Su.

In 2003, he moved to Austria to study guitar furthermore at the National University of Vienna. In 2004, he received the First-degree Diploma from the institution.

As a pianist, he actively concertized as a piano collaborator. In 2006, he served as a staff-pianist and a translator during famed Viennese Sona Ghazarian’s masterclass held in Hungary. On November 2007, he performed a highly received solo recital sponsored by Austrian Modern Music Society.

Currently, he is active as a piano collaborator, Korrepetitor (Repetitor) in Japan. He is also a highly regarded voice-trainer, and has worked with both professional and aspiring musicians alike. In the recent years, he has been in demand as a Operatic, Choral and Periodical conductor, performing many concerts.

He is also known as a researcher specializing on songs with guitar accompaniment from the Biedermeier era, and published some articles on the subject on music magazines. He studied conducting with Yutaka Hoshide.

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