Mayumi Ashiya (Yamaha Electone)
Born and raised in Japan, Mayumi began taking lessons on the electric organ at the Yamaha Music School when she was four years old. She continued her studies through college where she majored in electric organ. Upon graduation, Mayumi became an instructor of electric organ at the Yamaha Music School. In 1992, while teaching there, she won the 1st place in “Classical Category” at Yamaha Japanese National Electone Festival & Competition. She was subsequently chosen to represent Japan in the Yamaha International Electone Competition where she won the Bronze Medal. In each case she played Rachmaninoff’s very demanding “Symphonic Dances.” Since then, Mayumi has given a number of solo concerts in and around Tokyo. Other performances include collaborations with various choral and opera groups including Toyama Civic Opera, Ibaraki and Takatsuki-shi Civic Operas, playing Humperdinck’s Hänsel and Gretel and Onna wa Suteki. In the choral music area, she has collaborated with Keio University（慶応大学） and Nihon Joshidai （日本女子大学）in Dovorak’s Requiem and Fauré’s Requiem, and with Nihon Gakuen （日本学園）where she played the organ transcription of Rigoletto by Verdi. She has also performed Donizetti’s “The Elixir of Love” and “Don Pasquale”, Gounod’s Roméo et Juliette, Verdi’s La Traviata, and Puccini’s “Tosca” and “Madama Butterfly”. Mayumi and Keiko have collaborated and performed together since 2003.
Masae Nagai, soprano, came to the U.S.A from Japan in 1995. She studied vocal performance and graduated from Notre Dame de Namur, Belmont, CA. She participated in BASOTI program and has been featured in productions with Lamplighters, Goat Hall, Opera Rouge and Berkeley Opera. She also enjoys performing in Kokoro Vocal Trio, which was formed in 2006 and has been performing locally at church services and community events. The group enjoys Japanese traditional folk songs and classical music from various periods.
Kazuko Oishi (Pianist)
Kazuko Oishi, Japanese pianist, studied at Kyoto City University of Arts, and has performed as a piano soloist and chamber musician in Japan and the United States. She produced and performed in various charitable concerts for disabled people and for a high school for students with special needs. She also has been an enthusiastic teacher of young children to adults for a long time. Adult audiences at her recent solo recitals, who had not played the piano since childhood, re-discovered the joy of music and started taking lessons from her.
She is currently living in Tokyo and is a conductor of the women's Choir Florian and is an accompanist of the mixed chorus groups Cosmo in California, Tokyo Rakuyu Harmony (a choir of alumni from Kyoto University Chorus) and Cosmo Japan in Tokyo. She has been a full member of the Fortnightly Music Club in California since 2009 and she performs in Fortnightly Music Club concerts. She has collaborated with Ms. Keiko Kagawa for over 10 years on various projects.
Carmello Tringali is a versatile performer, composer and Bay Area native. Mostly utilized as a singer, he is also highly valued for his acting ability. As an aspiring music and drama therapist, he daily involves himself in emotional, psychological and spiritual exploration. He has performed a wide variety of roles in terms of voice type, musical style and character. He is enthralled to be joining Silicon Valley Community Opera as Nemorino in this production of L'Elisir D'amore. Some favorite past roles include: Rodolfo(La Boheme), Candide, Faust, Pinkerton(Madame Butterfly), Mengone(Lo Speziale), Jaquino(Fidelio), Basilio(Nozze di Figaro), Camille(Merry Widow), Don Alberto(L'Occasione Fa Il Ladro), Ko-ko(Mikado), Frederic(Pirates of Penzance), Grosvenor(Patience), Henrik(Little Night Music) and Pirelli(Sweeney Todd).