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Tomoko MATSUOKA, born in Tokyo, Japan, began from early childhood her musical education on the piano with her mother. In 1998 she attended harpsichord master classes of M. Sone which confirmed her strong passion for the harpsichord and its repertoire, and she continued taking private lessons with M. Sone and K. Soejima. At age 18, she moved to Italy where she settled to pursue her study at Scuola Musicale di Milano and Accademia Internazionale di Musica di Milano.

In 2005 she received her diploma of 'Laboratory of Research of 17th C. Italian Music' with Summa cum Laude at Accademia di Musica gF. Gaffurioh di Lodi. In 2008 she was graduated with highest honors in harpsichord performance from Conservatoire of Music gG. Verdih in Como, and in 2010 she is completed post-graduate course. She has studied harpsichord with E. Fadini, G. Togni, and B. Martin, organ with E. Bellotti, ensemble with R. Gini, M. Galassi, L. Coppola, B. Cocset, M. Hantai, and P. Memelsdorf, counterpoint with A. E. Negri and D. Fratelli, historic dance with D. C. Colonna.

She participated in harpsichord master classes of E. Baiano, O. Dantone, H. Dreyfus, K. Gilbert, J. W. Jansen, M. Meyerson and C. Rousset. In 2002 and 2003 she was offered a Belgian State sponsorship to attend the International Academy for Historic Keyboard Instruments at Vleeshuis Museum in Antwerp, participating in master classes with J. v. Immerseel and K. Verhelst. In 2006 she was awarded a scholarship as harpsichordist with the baroque orchestra 'Academia Montis Regalis' in Mondovi.

Tomoko Matsuoka won prizes in several prestigious competitions including the International Harpsichord Competition in Bruges (2007), the Italian National Harpsichord Competition in Pesaro (2007) and the International Early Music Contest in Yamanashi, Japan (2003).

She performs as a soloist and also with chamber music ensembles in Europe and Japan. She has given concerts in festivals such as: Festival di Musica Antica a Tsuru, Japan (2003, 2008 with R. Mameli, 2010 with E. Kirkby), Festival di Musica Antica Musicae Amoeni Loci in Pesaro (2007), Associazione Antonio il Verso in Palermo with F. Corti (2008), Altolivenza Festival in Veneto (2008), Verbania Musica with A. Palmeri (2008), and Settimana Mozart 2009 in Milan with G. Togni.
In 2006-08, she performed a trilogy of Monteverdi's opera, leading the orchestra in the chamber music course under M. Galassi. In 2008 she made her debut in Tokyo at Hamarikyu Asahi Hall.

In 2008 her first solo CD g16 Sonatash, dedicated to D. Scarlatti and published by Genuin, was played on the original Ruckers harpsichord, conserved in Musee dfArt et dfHistoire de Neuchatel, Switzerland. Since 2011, Tomoko Matsuoka lives in Barcelona, Spain, where she studied with Erasmus study program at Escola Superior de Musica de Catalunya.

Last update April 18 2010