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Aya Hamada
harpsichord / clavecin / cembalo / clavicembalo

Praised for her “graceful” (The New York Times) performance and "acrobatic finesse" (Early Music America), Japanese-American harpsichordist Aya Hamada is an active recitalist, concerto soloist and continuo player. Currently she plays principal harpsichord for ProMusica Chamber Orchestra of Columbus and serves as organist at L’Église Française du Saint Esprit. She also serves on the jury for the Osaka International Music Competition (Early Music Division.)

Aya has given numerous recitals in the US, Canada, Mexico, Argentina, Brazil, Belgium, England, France, Italy, Spain, Switzerland and Japan, including a recital at the Peñíscola International Festival of Medieval and Baroque Music, Music Before 1800 (New York), Da Camera Society (Los Angeles), Harpsichord Heaven at the Flint collection (Wilmington), and at the International Conference of the Historical Keyboard Society of North America (Montreal). 


She has made over four dozen appearances as concerto soloist on four continents. She has performed with Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, Royal Opera House, American Symphony Orchestra, Berkshire Opera Company, Kansai Philharmonic Orchestra (Japan), Sinfonietta Cracovia (Poland), Juilliard415, Juilliard Symphony, appearing under conductors such as William Christie, Jordi Savall, Nicholas McGegan, Harry Bicket and Masaaki Suzuki. 


The New York Times proclaimed “Ms. Hamada gave a deft account of Handel’s Concerto” about her concerto performance with conductor Christie at Lincoln Center. In the Brandenburg Fifth, she “defined the torrent of notes beautifully for the ear, while never sacrificing virtuosity; her illuminating playing drew well-deserved cheers” (The Columbus Dispatch). Others have praised her “flawless technique” (The Boston Globe), and “superb command of the harpsichord” (The Springfield Republican). She premiered “Virginal” by Harold Meltzer with the New Juilliard Ensemble in 2010.

Her debut album “Jacques Duphly: Pièces de clavecin” was chosen as "Best of 2015" in The American Record Guide, as well as “Recording of the Month” in The Music Web International (July 2015), The Record Geijutsu Magazine (June 2015) and the Tokyo FM Music Bird (June 2016). The American Record Guide wrote, “This is a terrific solo debut… Her control of touch and dramatic delivery are both extraordinary. Her expressiveness is especially noteworthy.” Other publications have acclaimed her “subtly daring rhythmic flexibility and convincing phrasing” (Keyboard Perspectives), and “sensitive and dramatic interpretations” (Fanfare Magazine). 

Her latest CD " Bach: Clavier-Übung II, Chaconne" (recorded at the Musée d’Art et d’Histoire de Neuchâtel, Switzerland on the historic 1632/1745 Ruckers harpsichord) was chosen as "5 DIPASONS" in The Diapason Magazine (January 2022) and "Recording of the Month" in The Record Geijutsu Magazine (April 2022)

She won first prize in the London Music Festival Competition and second prize in the Josef Hofmann Piano Competition, and is a laureate of the Royaumont Foundation (France). She earned her master of music degree in the inaugural class of Historical Performance from The Juilliard School where she was awarded the Irene Diamond Fellowship and the Heward Memorial Scholarship. She studied under Kenneth Weiss in New York and Skip Sempé in Paris, and has received additional coaching from Pierre Hantaï and Christophe Rousset. She resides in New York City.


Acclamée pour sa « finesse acrobatique » (Early Music America Magazine) et son « jeu gracieux » (New York Times), la claveciniste japonais-américaine AYA HAMADA se présente en récital dans le cadre des festivals internationaux et salles de concert les plus prestigieux en Europe, aux États-Unis et au Japon.

Elle est diplômée de la Juilliard School en clavecin et performance historique. Son parcours musical l'amène à étudier avec Kenneth Weiss à New York et Skip Sempé à Paris. Elle a reçu également les conseils inestimables de Christophe Rousset et Pierre Hantaï.

Son premier enregistrement solo consacré aux œuvres de Jacques Duphly a été très favorablement reçu et a été classé « L'album de de l'année » dans l'American Record Guide, « L'album du mois » dans le MusicWeb Inernational au Royaume-Uni et  « Prix d’or » dans le Record Geijyutsu au Japon. En 2016, elle est lauréate de la Fondation Royaumont (France) pour la formation « opéra baroque français » dirigée par Christophe Rousset. Elle a également travaillé sous la direction de prestigieuses baguettes telles que William Christie, Jordi Savall, Nicholas McGegan, Harry Bicket and Masaaki Suzuki. 


Son deuxième album « J.S. Bach: Clavier-Übung II/Chaconne » (enregistré sur le clavecin Ruckers du Musée d'art et d'histoire de Neuchâtel) est sorti en novembre 2021 chez Evidence Classics.

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