:: Biography ::
Mie Matsumura is a classical pianist. She is the first classic artist who become the principal artist of one concert with the Spanish flamenco artists of the first class on the stages including the Lope de Vega Theatre in Seville, Villamarta Theatre in Jerez, Canal theatre in Madrid.
Introduced by the national paper, El Mundo, with the title “Madrid collects Morente, Matsumura, and Farruquito” along her photo for the festival Suma Flamenca 2009, Japanese pianist Mie Matsumura has established herself as special and charismatic pianist who acclaims the Spanish music scene today. Critics have praised “spectacular touch” (ABC news), “she knows how to put flamenco feeling in the score.” (deflamenco. com), “everything is elegant, beautiful, and refined” (El Correo de Andalucia).
Since 2004 she has lived in Spain, and has investigated the origin and its connection to the compositions of these composers called “nationalist” like Falla, Albeniz, and Granados.
In May, 2007, Mie premiered the concert “Serenata Andaluza” in Lope de Vega Theatre in Seville, which is the meeting of the authentic flamenco and the Spanish classical Music. Since then, she has performed with the dancers like Antonio Canales, Alejandro Granados, Joaquin Grillo, Rafael Campallo, in the prestigious festivals like the flamenco festival de Jerez, Suma Flamenca Madrid, and “Flamenco viene de Sur”.
Starting the piano at three years old in her native country Japan, Mie has studied in Indiana University and received the bachelor and master degrees from Eastman School of Music University of Rochester, NY with the Performer`s Certificate. Following the prizes from the Awerbuch International Piano Competition, Eastman School Concerto Competition, Kingsville Young Performers International Competition, Mie Matsumura has given performance throughout North America, France, Italy, Spain, and Japan in the theatres including the Carnegie Weill Hall and the Banff Centre, and the fesvitals like Moulin d`Ande Music Fesvitals in France, Argerich Fectival in Beppu, and Banff Festival. She has studied with Natalya Antonova, George Sebok, Shigeo Neriki, Hiroko Edo, Natalya Troull, and Martha Argerich.