Biography

Kyoko Murai was born in Tokyo and studied at Trinity College of Music in London with Linda Hirst and won first prize in the Roy Pleasance singing competition, and the Paul Simm Opera Prize.

 

She furthered her studies at The Guildhall School of Music and Drama with support from the Bunkacho, a Japanese foundation which promotes young musicians studying abroad. Kyoko also enjoyed working on English contemporary music with Sarah Walker and was a runner-up in the Tracey Chadwell Memorial prize.

 

In 2007 Kyoko gave a solo recital at Greenwich International Early Music Festival as winner of the Ella Kidney Early Music competition. Since then her interest in 17th century English music has broadened and she has taken part in a project on 'The musical world of Samuel Pepys' with performances in London, and Cambridge with Philip Thorby.

Recent performances include soloist for the Psallite Women’s Choir in a recording of medieval carol settings and Britten’s Ceremony of Carols, under the direction of Nancy Hadden; Bach’s Cantata no.51 at St Martin-in-the-Fields; Messiah and Szymanowski’s Fairy Princess; and Britten’s Rejoice in the Lamb

 

Opera performances include Amor in Monteverdi’s L’Incoronatione di Poppea and Il Ritorno d’Ulisse in Patria, Angelo Custode in Cavalieri’s Rappresentatione di   Anima et di Corpo, Priestess and Maenad in Rameau’s Anacreon, and Cupid in Purcell’s King Arthur.                                                                                   

 Kyoko also worked with English Voices directed by Timothy Brown and participated in the Philharmonia Chorus Professional Singers' scheme.

Kyoko is currently based in UK and Japan.