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Kay Ueyama

Variation 5 a1 - Excerpt from J.S. Bach's Goldberg Variations

Born in London, Kay Ueyama grew up in Tokyo. Kay earned prizes at the Paola Bernardi Harpsichord competition in Italy in 2003 and in the Yamanashi Early Music competition in Japan in 2005. She studied piano at the Toho School of Music, Performance Diploma in piano at the Longy School of Music (U.S), harpsichord at the Amsterdam Conservatory (Holland), Boulogne Conservatoire (France), and earned Masters Degrees from both The Longy School of Music (U.S) in harpsichord and The Royal Conservatory of Brussels (Belgium) in pianoforte.
She is active as both a soloist and a chamber musician in Europe, the United States, and Japan. She was selected to perform as a soloist with Ensemble Prometheus21 and the Orchestra Les Siècles.
Her performances have been broadcast on Dutch AVRO classic radio channel, Mezzo TV, and France musique. She has been invited to a number of major music venues, including Mozart festival at the UNESCO World Heritage Centre Würzburg residence (Germany), Salle Pleyel (France), The Royal Chapel at the Château de Versailles (France), and at the Concertgebouw (Holland).
In 2002, Kay Ueyama first performed the Goldberg Variations in Boston.
In 2011, she recorded sonatas for cello of J.P.Duport with Raphael Pidoux on Integral Classic and it was selected as a “Recommended disque” by Record Geijyutsu (Art of Disque). She has also recorded her first solo album Bach:Goldberg Variations which was selected as “Le Diapason Découverte” in France,"The best disque” by Record Geijyutsu (Art of Disque) and the ASAHI Newspaper in Japan.

Kay has studied piano under Yoriko Kojima,Victor Rosenbaum,Dang Thai Son, fortepiano under Piet Kuijken and Boyan Vodenitcharov and harpsichord under Peter Sykes, Menno van Delft, Christophe Rousset and Huguette Dreyfus.

Reviews

"Ueyama has a profound and mature vision, it is emotional and perfectly organized. The opening Aria is a disarming splendour which dodges the usual trap of pomposity. (...) We bet this version of very high quality will be considered as a reference for a long time, among an already prestigious discography. And look out for her concerts…!"

 

Philippe Ramin - Diapason - Juin 2012
 

"The Japanese-born harpischordist projects Bach's score in a symphonic whirlwind which is invading and rejoicing. It is full of feelings, from witty humour to the absolute diziness that is engaged here. A wonderful disc!" 

ConcertoNet.com - Juillet 2012

 
Discography
Goldberg Variations
Les Variations Goldberg de J.S. Bach, chez Intégral Classic.
Cello Sonatas by Duport
"6 Sonates pour violoncelle et basse dédiées au Roi de Prusse", with Raphaël Pidoux and Pascale Jaupart (cellos), for Intégral Classic