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Tokyo Music Competition



Born in: Shimane Prefecture, Japan
2nd place (Top prize) , Voice Section, The 11th Tokyo Music Competition 2013

Musical Study Experiences

2005: Graduated top of class from the Vocal Music Course in the Faculty of Music Studies at Kunitachi College of Music, winning Takeoka Award
2008: Completed master's studies at the Graduate School of Tokyo University of the Arts
2012: Completed doctoral studies at the Graduate School of Tokyo University of the Arts researching English Composer Roger Quilter's compositions. Received her Ph.D. in music.


Studied Vocal Music under Sato Mineko and Nagai Kazuko

Musical Careers

2008 Performed in Seiji Ozawa Music Academy Operetta "Die Fledermaus" as Ida
2009 Held Sawae Eri Soprano Recital hosted by the Japan Federation of Musicians sponsored at the Tokyo Bunka Kaikan Recital Hall
2010 Performed in Mendelsohn’s Lobgesang as soprano solo with the Royal Chamber Orchestra led by Tsutsumi Syunsaku
2nd Place winner, the 79th Music Competition of Japan
2011 Performed in Bach’s Matthaus-Passion as soprano solo with the Ensemble of Tokyo led by Chang-Kook Kim
2012 Held Sawae Eri Soprano Recital "Anthology of R.Quilter"
Performed in Cantata No. 21 etc. as soprano solo with Bach Collegium Japan led by Suzuki Masaaki, for the Great East Japan Earthquake Charity Concert
Performed in Mendelssohn's Paulus as Soprano solo with Bach Collegium Japan led by Suzuki Masaaki
Beethoven’s 9th symphony as soprano solo with the Hiroshima Symphony Orchestra led by Akiyama Kazuyoshi
2013 Brahms’ Ein deutsches Requiem as soprano solo with the Tokyo City Philharmonic Orchestra led by Aoki Hiroya
2nd Place, Voice Section, the 11th Tokyo Music Competition
Mozart’s "Le nozze di Figaro" as Barbarina (Hokutopia International Music Festival 2013)

Further Activities

Since 2006, Sawae has been engaged in Japan and overseas concerts and recording, as a member of the vocal music group Bach Collegium Japan. She has received high accolades not only as a soloist but also as part of an ensemble.


Lyric soprano.

Vocal Music: English songs (Quilter, Britten, Barber, Copland); Japanese songs (Kosaku Yamada, Yoshinao Nakada); German Songs (Schubert, Schumann, Mendel, Strauss).

While at graduate school I worked on researching English vocal music, which, as a result, I gained a reputation for my English pronunciation on stage.
I have experience as a soprano with religious music ranging from Bach’s Matthaus-Passion & Mass in B Minor, Haydn’s Die Jahreszeiten (the Seasons), Mozart’s Mass in C Minor & Requiem, Brahms’ Ein deutsches Requiem, Fauré’s Requiem and more.
I am proficient in Baroque pieces requiring light movements, and late-Romantic-Era-like music which is vast and broad with long phrases.

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