The 2019 Old West Organ Society Summer Series continues with a performance by Tomoko Akatsu Miyamoto, organ and Yayoi Toda, violin. Admission is free; donations are gratefully accepted in support of the Society.
Tomoko Akatsu Miyamoto was born in Tokyo and received her early musical training at Juilliard in New York City and the University of the Sacred Heart in Tokyo. She was a student of Yuko Hayashi at the New England Conservatory, earning her Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees, with honors, in organ performance. Her other teachers include Allan Birney, Harald Vogel, Luigi Tagliavini and Klaas Bolt. In 1980 she received a Solo Diploma in organ performance from the Sweelinck/Amsterdam Conservatory. An accomplished performer on the clavichord, she has given master classes and performances in Italy, Germany, the USA, and Japan. In 2018 she was granted Professor Emeritus from Ferris University, Yokohama, where since 1989 she has taught over 1,000 students on the Opus 17 Taylor and Boody organ.
International concert violinist Yayoi Toda is a graduate of the Toho Gakuen College of Music in Tokyo and studied at the Sweelinck Music Academy in Amsterdam. In 1993 she won first prize at the Queen Elisabeth International Music Competition in Belgium and in 1996 won the Young Concert Artists International Audition at Julliard. She made her Carnegie Hall debut in 1999 and has performed with the London Philharmonic, the Moscow Philharmonic, the Prague Chamber Orchestra, the Chamber Orchestra of New York, the Bonn Beethovenhalle Orchestra, the Hague Residentie Orchestra, the Netherlands Radio Chamber Orchestra, the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Helsinki Philharmonic, the Singapore Symphony, the Wuhan Symphony in Shanghai, the Academy of St. Martin-in-the Fields, and many of Japan’s major orchestras. She is currently professor of music at Ferris University, Yokohama, and adjunct lecturer at the Toho Gakuen College of Music.