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Kay Ueyama (Harpsichord)

Born: London, England

The Japanese harpsichordist, Kay [Kei] Ueyama, was born in London, and grew up in Tokyo. She earned prizes at the Paola Bernardi Harpsichord competition in Italy in 2003 and in the Yamanashi Early Music competition in Japan in 2005. She studied piano at the Toho Gakuen School of Music in Chofu, Tokyo (Japan); Performance Diploma in piano/harpsichord at the Longy School of Music in Cambridge, Massachusetts (USA); harpsichord at the Amsterdam Conservatory (Holland), Boulogne Conservatoire (France), and earned Masters Degrees from both The Longy School of Music (USA) in harpsichord and The Royal Conservatory of Brussels (Belgium) in pianoforte. She has studied piano under Yoriko Kojima,Victor Rosenbaum, Dang Thai Son, fortepiano under Piet Kuijken and Boyan Vodenitcharov and harpsichord under Peter Sykes, Menno van Delft (Amsterdam), Christophe Rousset and Huguette Dreyfus.

Kay Ueyama is active as both a soloist and a chamber musician in Europe, the USA, and Japan. She was selected to perform as a soloist with Ensemble Prometheus21 and the Orchestra Les Siècles. She has been invited to a number of major music venues, including Mozart festival at the UNESCO World Heritage Centre Würzburg residence (Germany), Salle Pleyel (France), The Royal Chapel at the Château de Versailles (France), and at the Concertgebouw (Holland). In 2002, she first performed J.S. Bach’s Goldberg Variations (BWV 988) in Boston.

Her performances have been broadcast on Dutch AVRO classic radio channel, Mezzo TV, and France musique. In 2011, she recorded sonatas for cello of J.P. Duport with Raphael Pidoux on Integral Classic and it was selected as a “Recommended disque” by Record Geijyutsu (Art of Disque). She has also recorded her first solo album Bach: Goldberg Variations which was selected as “Le Diapason Découverte” in France,"The best disque” by Record Geijyutsu (Art of Disque) and the ASAHI Newspaper in Japan.

"Ueyama has a profound and mature vision, it is emotional and perfectly organized. The opening Aria is a disarming splendour which dodges the usual trap of pomposity. (...) We bet this version of very high quality will be considered as a reference for a long time, among an already prestigious discography. And look out for her concerts…!" - Philippe Ramin, Diapason (June 2012)
"The Japanese-born harpischordist projects Bach's score in a symphonic whirlwind which is invading and rejoicing. It is full of feelings, from witty humour to the absolute diziness that is engaged here. A wonderful disc!" - (July 2012)

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Source: Sartory Artists Website
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Aryeh Oron (October 2012)

Kay Ueyama: Short Biography | Recordings of Instrumental Works

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Kay Ueyama (Official Website) [English/French/Japanese]

Kay Ueyama, Clavecin (Sartory Artists)

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