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Masako Art - harpist
baroque, renaissance and medieval music
solo & basso continuo

asako Art (née Fujimura), began to play harp after long years of piano. After the university, she took historical harp lessons from William Taylor in Scotland and began her studies in medieval and renaissance music with Crawford Young and Heidrun Rosenzweig at Schola Cantorum in Basel, after which she finished with a diploma in Baroque harp in 2004. She went on to study with Mara Galassi in Milan and ended her studies with another diploma in Baroque Harp in 2009. Masako has taken part in opera productions with René Jacobs, Andrea Marcon and Jean-Claude Malgoire in Berlin, Innsbruck, Vienna, Basel, Stuttgart and Paris. She has played with baroque orchestras such as Concerto Vocale, Akademie der alten Musik Berlin, Freiburger Barockorchester, La Cetra, Grand Ecurie et la Chambre du Roi, L'arpa Festante, Capriccio Basel, La Nuova Musica, Virtuosi delle Muse, as well as in diverse chamber ensembles. She participated in recordings including those with Ferrara Ensemble (Corps Feminin), Luca Scandali and Stefano Molardi (Giovanni Maria Trabaci), L'Arpa Festante (Händel, Neun Deutsche Arien) and with Il Vero Modo (Arcadia, Love Letters) and in CD/DVD "L'Orfeo" with Le Grand Ecurie et la Chambre du Roi, as well as radio/TV recordings by DRS, ORF, 3SAT, arte and FranceMusique. Since 2008 she has taught in Musikhochschule Luzern. In 2014 she took part in the world premiere of the opera "Das geopferte Leben" by Hector Parra at Münchner Biennale with Freiburger Barockorchester and Ensemble Recherche.
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Her repertoire includes essential harp-obligato literature such as Monteverdi's 'L'Orfeo', Händel's 'Julius Caesar', 'Saul' and 'Esther', and Gluck's 'Orfeo ed Euridice' as well as the works of many Italian (Monteverdi, Frescobaldi, Mayone, Trabaci, Stradella, d'India, Carissimi, Caccini, etc), German (Froberger, Schütz, Schein, Telemann etc), and English (Purcell, Dowland, Lawes, John Parry, Händel etc) composers in solo/chamber music settings.
She is also an experienced player of 14th-early 16th century music, from Trecento to Frottola, Machaut to Agricola, and its contemporary solo keyboard settings.

Sound samples
Torna il sereno Zefiro
Sigismondo D'India
from 'Love Letters'
with Il Vero Modo

Ego flos campi
Claudio Monteverdi
from 'Love Letters'
with Il Vero Modo

Toccata XIV
Johann Jakob Froberger
Solo
(demo-recording)

Lamentation
Johann Jakob Froberger
Solo
(demo-recording)
La Tita
Agostino Guerrieri
with Parnassi Musici
Balletto Primo
Agostino Guerrieri
with Parnassi Musici
Neun Deutsche Arien
G. F. Händel
with L'Arpa Festante
(Links to Carus-Verlag: Track 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 9, 10 are performed with harp)

Stublin
Buxheim Organ Book
Solo - renaissance harp
(for Chant 1450's CD "mon âme
est défaite")

My Harp Fleet: Click picture to enlarge
Renaissance harp
Baroque triple harp after Barberini
Baroque triple harp after Barberini
Erard
                Double Action ca.1816

Contact: Masako Art   Tel: +41-78-870-2286   Email: harpion at bluewin.ch