Masumi Nagasawa is one of the few harpists to perform on the modern harp, the single-action pedal harp, the Irish harp and the kugo or Japanese ancient harp. She studied modern harp with Phia Berghout at the Conservatory in Maastricht and historical harp with Mara Galassi. She has given recitals in major concert halls in musical centres such as Amsterdam, Tokyo, Budapest, Rome, Washington DC and Copenhagen, and has appeared as a soloist together with Dame Kiri Te Kanawa and Cecilia Bartoli. International festivals where she has been invited to perform include the Kuhmo International Chamber Music Festival, the Salzburg Music Festival, the Akiyoshidai International Music Festival and the Torino Milano Festival Internazionale della Musica. On historical harp she has performed with ensembles such as the Academy of Ancient Music, the Freiburger Baroque Orchestra and the Netherlands Bach Society. Alongside her concert appearances she both composes and arranges music for the harp; this has also been published and recorded. She currently teaches at the Conservatory in Maastricht, and has been a juror at various international harp competitions. She has a wide-ranging discography, released on several labels, which includes solo programmes, chamber music and concertos.
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