Mirei Tsuji-Barbier

Mirei Tsuji-Barbier started playing the piano at the age of four in Algeria. After returning to Japan, she joined the Junior Toho Music College. She then moved to the U.K. in 1988 where she won a scholarship to study at the Junior Academy at the Royal Academy of Music London with Antonietta Notariello. She continued to further her studies with Christopher Elton. In 1996, Mirei moved to the Paris Conservatoire (Conservatoire National Superieur de Musique et de Dance) as part of the ERASMUS exchange scheme and studied with Gerard Fremy. During her course, she premiered a work by the Russian composer Galina Ustovolskaya. She also took part in the Serbian TV documentaries on Serbian composers “A Tempo” and “World is Music” which were broadcast in Serbia. She graduated from the postgraduate degree with a distinction in 1999.

Mirei has worked with renowned musicians and professors such as Hiromi Okada, Dominique Merlet and Peter Feuchtwanger. She was a prize winner at the Karic Millenium competition held in London and a finalist at the Cantu International Competitions for Piano and Orchestra in 2001. She won the second prize in the San Sebastian International Piano Competition in the duo section with pianist Tomoaki Kimura. She was the overall winner of the Rome International Competition in both the Four-Hands and Two-Pianos sections with pianist Miho Sanou and performed at Teatro Vale in Rome. Mirei continues to give recitals mainly as a soloist throughout the U.K., France and Japan.

BMus Bachelor Music degree Royal Academy of Music (UK)
Postgraduate performance degree Royal Academy of Music
LRAM teaching certificate (Royal Academy of Music)