Mini concert

Makiko Mizunaga

Makiko Nizunaga
After graduating from Toho Gakuen School of Music majoring in Early Music (Baroque Instruments) she completed her musical education in Europe, she has extensively undertaken solo performance, and is a founding member (1996) of the La Fontaine Baroque ensemble.
Overseas • 1998: entered postgraduate Artist Diploma course at Staatliche Hochschule für Musik Freiburg • 1999: awarded second prize at the Montreal International Harpsichord Competition and a special prize for best solo performance of a contemporary harpsichord composition (by M. Gonneville) • 2000: became the first ever harpsichordist at Freiburg to be accepted on the highly exclusive German National Soloist Diploma course, which she later passed with highest honors • 2001: Japan Ministry of Culture Overseas Researcher • 1998-2002: participated in a joint project with Sofia Gubaidulina of the Stuttgart Bach Collegium, and in performances all over Europe with Maurice André and others.
Soloist • 2002: returned to Japan from Germany and released her generally acclaimed first commercial recording Entrée (EBM-201007), a 3-CD set of sonatas by Domenico Scarlatti • 2003: February, performed Bach harpsichord concertos with the Japan Philharmonic Orchestra; December, Rain Dreaming 2-CD set released by Victor Entertainment
• To present: solo performances all over Japan, including Shiseido Art House Concert Series, Kitakyushi International Music Festival, Tokyo Opera City B --> C (Bach to contemporary), Beni Shidare Concert in Heian Shrine, and at STB 139 Sweet Basil.
Member of La Fontaine • 1997: won second prize at the 11th Early Music Competition in Yamanashi • 1999: participated in the York Early Music Festival in England • 2000: won second prize in ensemble category and audience prize at the International Early Music Competition in Brugge, Belgium • 2001: appeared by invitation at the SBC Early Music Festival in London • To present: the ensemble has released 4 CDs
Teachers • Piano: Yukiko Sakai • Harpsichord: Motoko Nabeshima, Robert Hill, Michael Behringer, Mayako Sone

To hear a piece, click on the labeled button and enjoy a video the performance.


Shin'ichiro Nakano

Shin'ichiro Nakano
• Born Kyoto. • 1986: graduated Toho Gakuen University, Tokyo.
• 1990: four-night recital – Journey through European Harpsichord Music – resulted in the subsequent award of an Osaka Culture Festival Gold Medal; other Japanese prizes include the Muramatsu Award and National Arts Festival New Artist Award. • 1991: represented Japan in the Versailles Baroque Festival in France; selected alongside Kenneth Gilbert and others and one of the world’s top nine harpsichord players.•• 1992: Youngest player invited to perform in the Berkeley Baroque Music Festival in California. • 1993: Wigmore Hall, London debut recital. • 1999: became director of Collegium Musicum Telemann; received accolades for invitational performance in Germany. 2003: began giving concerts inside Tokyo National Museum; invited to perform at the Bachfest Leipzig.
• 2004: National Arts Festival Grand Prize. • To present: numerous CD releases, including discs in the Hamamatsu Museum of Musical Instruments Collection Series; featured in special issues of various musical journals.

To hear a piece, click on the labeled button and enjoy a video the performance.


Listen to the sound of acoustic harpsichords

French harpsichord
French harpsichord
A fine example of a French harpsichord
Made by Francois Blanchet II, Paris, 1765
Two 61-note keyboards: 2 × 8’, 1 × 4’
FF to f3: coupler and buff stop
Featuring the playing of Shin’ichiro Nakano, the Hamamatsu Museum of Musical Instruments Collection Series Vol. 3: Harpsichords CD showcases the sound of original period instruments from the 16th to 18th century that are located in the Hamamatsu Museum of Musical Instruments. From the CD, the museum has generously allowed us to present some selections played on a rare Blanchet harpsichord. Please enjoy this opportunity to hear the brilliant playing of Shin’ichiro Nakano, who completely exhibits all the charm of the wonderful sound of the acoustic harpsichord.
Performer: Shin’ichiro Nakano
Hamamatsu Museum of Musical Instruments Collection Series Vol. 3: Harpsichords

To hear a piece, click on the labeled button.
*Each piece is an extract lasting about a minute

*Source: Hamamatsu Museum of Musical Instruments Illustrated
Collection Catalog III: European Keyboard Instruments
Photos of harpsichords, which a part of the museum collection,
provided by Hamamatsu Museum of Musical Instruments.