Tomoko Sugawara Harpist

Tomoko Sugawara enjoys playing harps in a variety of styles.  She loves music from the earliest to the latest, drawing from Asian and Western sources.  Moreover, she performs on instruments ranging from the concert harp, baroque harp and kugo, a very ancient type of harp from her native Japan. Tomoko graduated from Tokyo University of the Arts and has received many grants from such organizations as the Asian Cultural Council and the Japan Foundation. She has given numerous solo recitals at universities (Columbia, Harvard, and Princeton, etc.), museums (The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The British Museum, etc.), many World Harp Congresses, and played with her quartet, Along the Silk Road, at The World Music Institute, New York City.   Her trio, Eurasian Consort, played a Midtown Concert in New York City in February 2015.  Playing baroque music on the Triple Harp, she was a faculty member at Artes Vocales Mexico a year ago, an orchestra member in Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo in Alaska three months ago, and will be an ensemble player in La Venezian: Music of Barbara Strozzi in the Katskills on May 28.