Mami Irisawa


After completing her study of classical solo singing in Japan Mami Irisawa moved in 2000 to the Netherlands to study early music (from Gregorian chant to Baroque music) with Rebecca Stewart and later also with Maurice van Lieshout at the Fontys Conservatorium. After receiving her postgraduate diploma in this subjectshe continued in the same conservatorium, givingmodal singing techniques and modal harmony. After moving to Switzerland in 2007 she has given projects on early Swiss music at the “Hochschule der Künste Zürich”. Miss Irisawa gives concerts with groups such Cantus Modalis, Fala Musica, Syntagma, Musica Temprana, Bachstiftung St. Gallen and the Schweizer Kammerchor. She sings in festivals such as the Utrecht Early Music Festival (Netherlands), the Zagreb Baroque Festival (Croatia) and the Festival of Bresice. Her recordings include the Messe de Notre Dame of Guillaume de Machaut, the Mass, Magnificat and Madrigal of Christiaan van der Amijden and “Stylems” Italian music of the trecento. Since the summer of 2006 she teaches in the Summer School of Early Music in Prachatice in the Czech Republic and in various project weeks at the Center Cantus Modalis in The Netherlands.

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