Monthly Archives: September 2016

Naoko Mitsumori

Naoko Mitsumori has appeared in England many times, both as organist and as pianist since 2001. There are few who give both piano & organ concerts. She is, therefore, a unique & talented musician.

Ms. Mitsumori studied piano at Kyoto City University of Arts and at Senzoku Gakuen University with Professor Max Egger, and on summer courses in Europe, gaining the piano accompaniment medal of the Académie Internationale de Musique Maurice Ravel in France in 1988. She is now frequently engaged as staff accompanist for vocal summer schools in England.

As a pianist, she has given numerous recitals and concert performances, including concertos with famous orchestras, quintets, and with European string quartets, duo with Robin Bowman, etc. She performed solo- & duo-(with Mr.Bowman) pieces by two Japanese contemporary composers at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama in 2006.

Since 2013 she has performed three times in Bournville Meeting House (twice as pianistand once as organist, returning for an all-Bach programme in 2016) Ms. Mitsumori also teaches piano at Doshisha Women’s College of Liberal Arts in Kyoto and at Hyogo-prefectural Nishinomiya Highschool.

Since 1991 Ms. Mitsumori has also devoted herself to organ playing, studying first with Professor Masaaki Suzuki at Kobe Shoin Women’s University, and with Professor Ullrich Böhme both in Japan and at the Thomas Church in Leipzig, where she has also performed as basso-continuo organist. She now organizes Prof. Böhme’s church organ music courses in Japan. She also studied with Professor Piet Kee in Holland, appearing there twice as recitalist.

Ms. Mitsumori has given organ recitals in Japan, Hong Kong and England, and joined some orchestras and choral societies, too.