Motomi with the lirone

Motomi with the lirone by John Pringle, photo by Joanne Bouknight

"Motomi Igarashi,  . . . provided deft accompaniment." —New York Times.  

Ms. Igarashi is a ubiquitous presence in the NY early music scene. She is a first prize winner at the Aspen Music Festival Double Bass competition.  Ms. Igarashi studied double bass with Eugene Levinson at the Juilliard School, in addition with Franco Petracchi and Duncan McTier. After graduating from the Juilliard, she went to France to study viola da gamba. Traveling through Europe, she spent years in intensive study with Marianne Muller, Wieland Kuijken, and Paolo Pandolfo and most recently studied lirone with Erin Headley. She plays the viola da gamba, violone, the baroque double bass and lirone with various groups such as The American Classical Orchestra, Anima, Artek, Bach Collegium Japan, Boston Baroque, the Concert Royal, Dryden Ensemble and REBEL, Orchestra of St. Lukes, Trinity Baroque Orchestra, both on the East coast and in Japan. She appeared as a soloist for NY Philharmonic Brandenburg Concert No.6.

Ms. Igarashi appears in many of the above group's recordings and popular music, accompanying Natalie Merchant and others, and movies like WarnerBrothers' Il Mistero di Dante and Disney' Casanova.

Ms. Igarashi is a board member of the viola da gamba society of Greater New York, a caretaker of instruments for the Gamba Society of America and a teacher of master classes and work shops.