mikae natsuyama

was born In Japan, where she studied Church Music at the Elizabeth University of Music in Hiroshima. She obtained a Bachelor's degree at this same institute. Since 1992 she lives in The Hague to advance her career in early music. She received vocal ensemble training for the medieval, renaissance and baroque repertoires from Dr. Rebecca Stewart at the Brabants Conservatory in Tilburg.
Mikae obtained a chamber music diploma and a Master's degree in early music with Marius van Altena, Thea van der Putten and Jill Feldman at the Royal Conservatory of The Hague. She followed numerous masterclasses and courses for medieval and renaissance music with notable leading musicians in these repertoires, such as Andrea von Ramm, Barbara Thornton, Benjamin Bagby, Eric Mentzel, Pedro Memelsdorff, Marcel Pérès, Anne Azéma, en Joël Cohen.

   She has extensive stage experience, singing both in her native country Japan and in Europe, and has worked with the Belgian ensemble Currende (conducted by Erik van Nevel) with whom she recorded two CDs as a soloist. Since 2002, she has been a permanent member of Vocal ensemble Trigon, which specialises in the performance practice of early French polyphony. She is a regular guest performer with Ensemble Syntagma, based in France and directed by Alexandre Danilevski. Recently, Mikae has been concentrating on religious and secular monophonic music of the 11th-13th centuries. She is the driving force behind the programmes of Ensemble L'Alba, which she founded and leads. The troubadour and trouvere repertoire is very close to her heart and this preference is clearly reflected in the programmes of this group.