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An Evening of Bel Canto

Mar 16th 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Mikiko Hashimoto, soprano

Mikiko Hashimoto is a longtime teacher of Bel Canto technique and interpretation. She received her Diploma from the renowned Academia Nazionale Di Santa Cecilia in Rome, Italy, where she studied for seven years. Her teachers there included the distinguished opera performance coach, Giorgio Favaretto, and the famous baritone, Tito Gobbi. She subsequently taught voice at the Showa Music Academy in Tokyo, Japan for twenty-five years. During this period, she performed in productions of La Traviata, Madame Butterfly, Aida,Benjamin Britten's Turn of the Screw and other operas. Concert performances included soloist in Handel's Messiah, Faure's Requiem, Beethoven's Ninth Symphony, and Mozart's Requiem. Mikiko moved with her American husband to Seattle six years ago. She teaches several students here, as well as in Japan via Skype. She continues to perform occasionally, in churches and other private venues.


Fumi Tagata, soprano

Since coming to Washington State in 1998, Fumi Tagata has appeared in various performance venues in the greater Seattle area, and been invited to sing at local events. As a soloist, Fumi has performed Pergolesi's Stabat Mater, Handel's Messiah, and other masterpieces of J.S. Bach, Haydn, Mozart, and Faure in the United States and Japan. She has also been a soloist for the Island Consort on Whidbey Island since 2013. Currently, Fumi is studying Italian repertoire with "bel canto" specialist Mikiko Hashimoto, directing male and female choirs in Seattle, and teaching private and group lessons in the greater Seattle area.


Takashi Matsuo, tenor

While working as a Kirkland based IT engineer, Takashi Matsuo has been studying voice. Since he met the bel canto specialist and soprano, Mikiko Hashimoto, this past spring, he has devoted himself to opera technique and repertoire. Takashi sings in the Evergreen Glee Club (EGC), the Japanese men’s chorus group of Seattle.


Lambros Lambrou, piano

Lambros studied the piano at Chetham’s School of Music in Manchester, UK and went on to study Mathematics at Cambridge and Warwick universities. Lambros was a BBC Young Musician of the Year national semi-finalist, and winner of the Bromsgrove Young Musicians Festival. He is currently a Software Engineer at Google.


Ayase Saxman, piano

Ayase Saxman was born in 1981 in Osaka Japan. She started to play the piano at the age of 5. In 2001, she came to the U.S and studied piano with Alexandra Mascoro-David while she was majoring in piano performance, and later with Deborah Moriarty after changing her major to Music Therapy. Ayase also received master classes from John O’conor and Antonio Pompa-Baldi. She received her Bachelor's degrees in Music Therapy at Michigan State University. In 2010, Ayase opened her private practice, giving  piano lessons, music therapy sessions and group music classes specialized for children. She is also a frequent piano accompanist for various vocalists and instrumentalists.



Public Events
Apr 28th 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
The Bei Trio was founded in 2016 by pianist Iliana Shoemaker. This local trio comprising of piano, flute and clarinet has been performing in and around the Kirkland/Redmond area since 2017. The Bei Trio name comes from the first initials of all 3 members, and the initials of their countries of birth; Bulgaria, England and Ireland! The trio explores contemporary music as well as music from the Baroque, Classical and Romantic eras.
Stage in Use
May 04th 5:15 pm - 6:45 pm
Stage in Use
May 05th 5:15 pm - 8:15 pm


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