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Tokyo Music Competition



Born in: Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan
3rd place, Voice Section, The 6th Tokyo Music Competition 2008

Musical Study Experiences

1999 Graduated from Kitakamakura Joshigakuen Girls' Senior High School
2003 Graduated from the Department of Vocal Music, the Faculty of Music at Tokyo University of the Arts
2006 Completed the Master's program of University of Music and Performing Arts Munich
2008 Completed studies at the vocal music course of the graduate school at University of Augsburg, Germany
Became a soloist of Theater Augsburg


Studied under Kojima Momoyo, Yasunaga Hideki, Harada Shigeo, Asakura Tami, Helmut Deutsch and Edith Wiens

Musical Careers

1998 1st Place, the 52nd Student Music concours of Japan
1st Place, the 44th Kamakura city students music competition
2005 Performed in Baroque Opera "Alarico" (German Premiere) as Placidia in Munich at Prinzregententheater Munich, Byreuth Markgräfliches Opernhaus, and Badisches Staatstheater Karlsruhe
2007 1st Place, the 13th Mozart Music Competition in Japan
2nd Place and Audience Award, the International Singing Competition in memoriam Marcello Viotti "Vokal genial"
Performed in "Die Fledermaus" as Adele, Augsburg
Performed in Haydn’s "Armida" as a title role at the historic concert hall in Hamburg, Musikhalle (Laeiszhalle)
2008 3rd Place, Voice Section, the 6th Tokyo Music Competition
Hans Gabor-Prize, the 27th International Hans Gabor Belvedere Singing Competition
1st Place and Walter-Wiedemann Prize, the singing competition of Hochschule für Musik Nürnberg-Augsburg

Further Activities

Previously performed mainly in Japan and Europe as a soloist with Münchner Rundfunkorchester, Hamburger Camerata, the Tokyo City Philharmonic Orchestra, the New Japan Philharmonic, the Kanagawa Philharmonic Orchestra, Bavarian Radio Chorus and more led by various conductors including Ulf Schirmer, Max Pommer, Hanns-Martin Schneidt. Especially in Germany, Ichihara received high accolades as "A New Star of Soprano World" on a German newspaper, and many of her performed concerts were broadcast on radio, as well as a CD release of oratorio "David in spelunca Engaddi" performed as a soloist from NAXOS label.


Religious Music
Bach's Matthaus-Passion, Christmas Oratorio, Magnificat and various cantatas
Handel’s Messiah, Die Schöpfung (The Creation), Die Jahreszeiten
Mozart’s Coronation Mass, Mass in C Minor
Mendelssohn’s "A Midsummer Night's Dream"
Brahms’ Requiem
Fauré’s Requiem
Orrf’s "Carmina Burana"
and numerous others

from soubrettes to lyric coloratura roles

Mahler’s Symphony No. 4
Vocal part in the orchestral pieces written by Mahler, R. Strauss, Berg and others

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