Zoe Vandermeer, Soprano & Triple Harps
Hideki Yamaya, Lutes, Early Guitars, Early Mandolins
Duo Lyra performs music from the late Renaissance, Baroque, Classical, and Early Romantic Periods.
English, Italian, Scottish, German, French, Spanish
Songs Cantatas Arias
Instrumental Solos and Duets
Upcoming Projects: Monteverdi
An artist of genius – Diari de Balears
A remarkable disc from a highly talented musician – UK Lute Society Journal
ZOE VANDERMEER is a soprano and harpist, and specializes in Welsh triple harp and Italian Baroque triple harp. A California native, she resides in Connecticut. In 2011, was named to the Roster of the CT Commission on Culture and Tourism, and in 2020, she ws a grant recipient of the CT Office of the Arts.
Ms. Vandermeer is a prize-winning graduate of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, has been on the voice faculty at the Hartt School, and and has done extensive research into the history and science of vocal pedagogy, a primary focus in her upcoming Masters in Research degree in the UK.
Zoe Vandermeer has given performances for the American Swedish Historical Museum in Philadelphia, Carnegie Hall, International Festival de Deia in Spain, American Harp Society, Glasgow International Early Music Festival, Sao Paulo International Harp Festival, Kings Chapel Boston, Pollok House National Trust Museum Glasgow, Nairn Little Theatre Scotland, Russian River Chamber Concerts, Trinity Concerts, Bloomington Early Music Festival, Somerset Harp Festival, Castle Clinton sponsored by the National Parks Service, UC Davis, and elsewhere. She has been a featured guest on KVON Napa, KWMR Point Reyes, KPFK Los Angeles, WFIU Bloomington, and Moray Firth Radio Scotland.
Ms. Vandermeer has given masterclasses and presentations on voice at the Hartt School Summer Institute, Channel 13 TV, CMEA Convention, Dalhousie University Nova Scotia, Lyra New York Masterclasses, and online.
Ms. Vandermeer has recorded for Koch International and KMK, and 2021 is slated for the release date of her two soprano and harp solo albums with Centaur Records.
A stellar lutenist – Oregon Artswatch
A sensitive and impeccable performance. – Oregon Music News
HIDEKI YAMAYA is a performer of lutes, early guitars, and early mandolins based in New Haven, Connecticut, USA. Born in Tokyo, Japan, he spent most of his career in the West Coast before settling in New England, where he is a freelance performer and teacher. He has a B.A. in Music and an M.A. in Ethnomusicology from University of California, Santa Cruz, where he studied with Robert Strizich, and an M.F.A. in Guitar and Lute Performance from University of California, Irvine, where he studied with John Schneiderman. He also studied with James Tyler at University of Southern California and with Paul Beier at Accademia Internazionale della Musica in Milan, Italy.
In demand both as a soloist and as a continuo/chamber player, Hideki has performed with and for Portland Baroque Orchestra, Portland Opera, Santa Cruz Baroque Festival, Musica Angelica Baroque Orchestra, Los Angeles Master Chorale, Los Angeles Opera, California Bach Society, Oregon Bach Festival, Astoria Music Festival, Music of the Baroque, and Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre. He is one half of the Schneiderman-Yamaya Duo and is the artistic director of Musica Maestrale, an early music collective based in Portland, Oregon.
He is also recognized as an effective communicator and teacher, and his given masterclasses and workshops at Yale University, University of California, Santa Cruz, Montana State University, Oregon State University, and Aquilon Music Festival.
A prolific recording artist, Hideki’s playing could be heard on Profil, hänssler CLASSIC, and Mediolanum labels. His recordings have received glowing reviews from Early Music America, Classical Guitar Magazine, and the Guitar Foundation of America. He is an internationally acclaimed musician and has performed in Canada, Japan, Great Britain, Germany, and Italy.