English Profile

ProfileMarie Nishiyama is universally recognized as a rare artist who plays both the harpsichord and the historical harp. Nishiyama has collaborated with many musicians from a wide range of genres such as René Jacobs, Paddy Maloney of The Chieftains, Carlos Núñez, Michala Petri, Corina Marti, Mutsumi Hatano, Yosuke Yamashita and so on. Nishiyama has released many CDs with very good reputation. Her latest album is “J. S. Bach: Toccaten”(KDC-2073 / July 2019). After she took her master’s degree in harpsichord at Tokyo Music University, she studied with Rinaldo Alessandrini and Nicolau de Figueiredo (harpsichord), Heidrun Rosenzweik and Mara Galassi (historical harp), Jesper Christensen (Basso continuo, ensemble), and Pedro Memelsdorff (medieval ensemble) at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis. Nishiyama’s honors and awards include the first prize in the 11th Yamanashi Early Music Festival. Since 2012, she has been the artistic director of Shinshu Early Music Village (Workshop) and she contributes her energy to teach younger people as a lecturer of “Musashino Academia Musicae”.