Players' Profiles / 演奏者の略歴

Momoko Matsumura (Violin)  /  松村桃子(バイオリン)

Originally from Japan, Momoko Matsumura (Violin) started playing the violin at age 7. She graduated from Kyoto City University of the Arts where she earned her B.A. and M.A. in Music Performance. Recently, Momoko finished her M.A. and Artist Diploma at Montclair State University in New Jersey with Prof. Yi-Wen Jiang from Shanghai String Quartet. Ms. Matsumura has been invited to many music festivals as a full scholarship student including National Orchestra Institute, Kent/Blossom Music festival and National youth Orchestra in Holland. Also she is the recipient of numerous scholarships and awards, including The Shanghai String Quartet Scholarship. Ms. Matsumura is the winner of the MSU concert competition in 2005. She is previous member of the New Haven Symphony and Hartford Symphony, among the other ensembles around Tri Sate area. Currently, she plays the principal second violin at Plymouth Philharmonic Orchestra and Neponset Valley Philharmonic Orchestra.

Akane Inoue (Oboe)  /  井上茜(オーボエ)

Akane Inoue Setiawan, native of Kyoto Japan, came abroad to study oboe at the age of 18. As a young musician, she whole-heartedly embraced Boston and all it had to offer. Now a prominent freelance musician and teacher in the New England area, she is an active soloist, chamber player and orchestral musician. Akane is principal oboe of the Cape Ann Symphony and a member of the Lexington Symphony and Neponset Valley Philharmonic Orchestra. She has performed with the Boston Ballet Orchestra, New Bedford Symphony and Nashua Symphony Orchestra. An active chamber musician, she has played with ensembles such as the New England Baroque Soloists, a highly acclaimed ensemble with members from the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and former members of Boston Symphony Orchestra.

Ms. Inoue is also an accomplished English horn player and in May of 09, she was one of two finalists for the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra's English horn position. In a recent concert review of the Lexington Symphony, Marvin J. Ward from Classical Voice of New England wrote, "All the musicians who had solo moments played them memorably; oboist Akane Inoue Setawian’s
solo was sublime".

Akane's oboe and English horn mentors are Mr. Keisuke Wakao, Ms. Kyoko Hida, Mr. Robert Sheena, and Mr. Ray Still.

Yoko Hagino (Piano)  /  萩野陽子(ピアノ)
Yoko Hagino is native of Japan, graduated Tokyo University of Fine Arts and Music with both bachelor and Master degree in Piano performance. She studied at The Boston Conservatory and Longy where she received her artist diploma and won the concerto competition. She is a winner of Japan Mozart Competition, and a finalist of William Kapell international Piano competition. She has been a member of Sound Icon, a contemporary music ensemble in Boston. In Japan, She is co-director of "Musiker Witz",which has given their chamber recital more than 10 years in various places in Japan.

"Scala"  A Duo group between Takayo Lowery (Cello)  /  ローリー孝世(チェロ)and
Eri Okada (Violin)  /  岡田恵里(ヴァイオリン)
Eri Okada (Violin) and Takayo Lowery (Cello) began to perform as the duo “Scala” in 2000. They appeared weekly on Nagoya’s “Radio I” for over one year and NHK Tokai Television for over three years. They studied chamber music together in Prague and performed in and produced several concerts there as well. They play many sorts of music including Japanese traditional songs. They arrange all of the music they play themselves.

2000 年にScalaを結成し活動開始。名古屋を中心にテレビ、ラジオ、イベントなどで活動。NHK東海にてレギュラーを3年務める他、ラジオにもレギュラー出演を果たす。室内楽を学んだプラハに て、その年に同地で起きた洪水被害復興チャリティーコンサートを行う他、名古屋癌セミナーなど、医療の場でも演奏活動を行っている。

Akiko Tsukamoto (Piano)  /  塚本晶子(ピアノ)

Akiko Tsukamoto received a B.M. in piano performance from the Toho Gakuen School of Music. She was a lecturer at the Toho Gakuen College of Drama and Music, and the Yamaha Music School.

Tsukamoto started playing piano at the age of four. She won the High School Music Competition in Nagasaki three years in a row. She is a winner of the Nishinihon International Music Competition and appeared in the Nishinihon Young Artists Concert and the Young Artists Recital in Nagasaki. She studied with Yukiko Kawaguchi, Yoshio Harada, Sazare Fukumoto, Yoko Kitamura, and Yoshimi Tamaki. She has performed in many recitals and has collaborated in chamber music concerts and duo recitals.

She held series of “Tea Time Concerts” in Atsugi, Kanagawa regularly and chamber music performances with members of The Kyushu Philharmonic Orchestra.

She attended the Yale school of Music and has performed duo concerts with former Yale Professor Jerry Woodall for five years. She has also played around the New Haven, CT community.

Currently, she lives in Lexington, MA and enjoys teaching children. She is a member of the Lexington Music Club.

Haruna Nakamura (Soprano Singer)  /  中村はる那(ソプラノ)

Obtained her B.M.Voice dgree in 2010 from

Tokyo University of the Arts. She has won many competitions in Japan. She have studied with Naoko Ihara, Yuko Fujihana, Akiko Miyazaki.

高校2年で滋賀県高校生声楽コンクール優勝。第 13回全日本高校声楽コンクール優良賞受賞。高校生のための歌曲コンクール3年連続入賞等。現在、詩と音楽のコラボレーション集団 VOICE
SPACEメンバー。アートマネージャーとして活動しながら主に滋賀県内で演奏活動を行う。これまでに藤花優子、宮崎晶子、伊原直子 の各氏に師事。

Mana Washio (Flute)  /  鷲尾真奈(フルート)

A native of Japan, flutist Mana Washio received her performance degrees from the Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music (B.M.), the Oberlin Conservatory (A.D.), and the Boston University School for the Arts (M.M.).

Mana Washio is an active solo, chamber, and orchestra musician.  She currently plays principal flute with the New England Philharmonic and the Neponset Valley Philharmonic Orchestra.  She also plays with the Boston Lyric Opera as a substitute.  Ms. Washio played principal flute with the Metropolitan Wind Symphony (1999-2005), and she is a former member of the Massachusetts Wind Orchestra.  In addition, she actively performs in various chamber music ensembles: flute & guitar, flute & harp, flute & marimba, woodwind duo, trio, quintet and many others.

With a particular fondness for operas, Mana Washio has also played with the Opera New England and the National Lyric Opera in addition to the Boston Lyric Opera.  Her past opera performances include: Puccini's La Boheme and La Rondine, Verdi's La Traviata, Strauss's Die Fledermaus, Rossini's The Barber of Seville, Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro, Copland's The Tender Land, Blitzstein'sRegina, Humperdinck's Hansel and Gretel.

Ms. Washio has been invited to perform in Honduras (the Japanese Embassy in Honduras, 2003) and in Japan (the Okayama Flute Festival in 2002 & 2008, and the Okayama Music Festival in 2005). She has appeared on radio, TV, and in newspapers in both countries.

Mana Washio has released 2 CDs: "Spring Sea" in 2002 (Flute & Harp), "En Priere" in 2005 (Flute & Piano).  Her newest CD will be released at the beginning of 2011.

Sumie Kaneko (Koto)  /  金子純恵(琴)

Sumie started playing Koto when she was five years old, Shamisen when she was fifteen. In the meantime, Sumie started listening to Jazz and singing pops. In 1995, Sumie won in Takasaki International High School Competition in Koto performance. Meanwhile, Sumie was looking for another possibility of expression, and decided to study Jazz vocal performance. She entered Berklee College of Music, Boston, MA in 2002. As one of major success, Sumie directed music on three productions of a winner of Pulitzer Prize,Paula Vogel's "The Long Christmas Ride Home" (World Premier)by Trinity Repertory Company,Providence, RI in 2003-2004. Sumie graduated Berklee in 2006. Now, Sumie performances all over New England including Carnegie hall. She also directed Japanese music at Kaji Aso Studio, Boston, MA. Sumie represents two groups "J-trad and More".

Mariko Matsumura (Sing Along)  /  松村真理子(声楽、シングアロング)

Mariko Matsumura (soprano) holds Master of Music in Vocal Performance from the Longy School of Music and BM in Vocal performance from the University of Montana. She is a Recipient of 2006 Penelope Davis Hart Honorable mention from Arlington Philharmonic Society. Ms. Matsumura 's performance credits include soloist for ensembles such as Missoula Symphony, Chorus Boston, Masterworks Chorale, and stage works such as Aida, Hansel and Gretel, Der Rosenkavalier, The Magic Flute, and numerous premiere performances throughout the Boston area. Member of Lorelei Ensemble, Tanglewood Festival Chorus and JYUGOYA ensemble. Ms. Matsumura is serves as Voice Faculty at Franklin School for the Performing Arts and Music Director/Soloist at the First Parish in Malden. Ms Matsumra's recording with Jyugoya Ensembs is available at Visit for more information.

Toshimitsu Motoyama (Violin)  /  本山寿光(バイオリン)
Toshimitsu Motoyama started playing the violin at four, and he is the director of Afternoon Concerts. He regularly plays in a piano trio with Clara Chan (piano) and Duke Roth (cello). He is a software engineer and received MBA from Babson College.

Yoko Schwarz (Piano)  /  シュワルツ陽子(ピアノ)

Born in Tokyo, Yoko Schwarz began playing piano at the age of three. After graduating from Toho Music School, she earned her B.A. degree at the Paris National Conservatory. She has studied under Masako Tsujii, Seiko Seki, Etsko Tazaki, Vantisloff Yankoff, and Pascal Devoyon. Today, she resides and teaches in Lexington, Massachusetts. She regularly accompanies baritone Robert Honeysucker and the Chorus Boston.

 Schwarz has performed throughout Japan, Europe and the United States. Tours have included Hamarikyu Asahi Hall in Tokyo, Vienna Hall in Fuchu, the Setagaya Museum in Tokyo, the Dolemont in Switzerland, Theatre du Jardin in Paris, and Vienna. In January 2004, she performed the Mozart Piano Concerto No. 26 (“Coronation”) in Tokyo.

 In addition, Schwarz has performed in nationally broadcast festivals in the United States, Europe and Japan, including the Aspen Music Festival, the William KapellNoyer, the KMF Music Festival and the International Rachmaninoff Musical Festival. Her prizes comprise: Diploma Award (Swiss Piano Masters Players International Competition), Third Prize (Mayse Chelin International Piano Competition). Music Festival, the

 東京生まれ。3歳からピアノを習い始める。桐朋学園女子高等学校音楽科卒業。同大学音楽学部ピアノ科を経て、パリ国 立高等音楽院卒業。Theatre du Jardinなどパリ近郊のコンサートホール、スイ スのDolemontやオーストリアのWein、日本では浜離宮朝日ホール、府中の 森ウィーンホール、世田谷美術館などでリサイタルを行う。20041月にはレペテ合奏団とMOZART「戴冠式」ピアノコンチェルトを演奏。Aspen音楽祭に参加。またWilliam Kapell(アメリカ),Noyer(仏),Rachmaninoff(ロシア)音楽祭では特別賞受賞後コ ンサート出演。KMF音楽祭(日本)では最優秀演奏者に選ばれFMラジオで放送される。 Piano Masters Players 国際コンクール(スイス)ディプロマ賞、Mayse Chelin国際ピアノコンクール(仏)3位受賞ほか、欧米各地のコンクールに入賞。これまでに辻井雅子、関 晴子、田崎悦 子、V.YANKOFF、P.DEVOYONの各氏らに師事。  現在LEXINGTON(MA)在住。