Airi Yamada is a Japanese mezzo-soprano currently based in London, England.
Originally trained as a pianist, Airi received classical music education from an early age.
She holds a bachelor’s degree in music from the Faculty of Education, Tokyo Gakugei University.
During her studies, she received the Principal’s Award for three consecutive years.
In 2016, Airi moved to England to study at the Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, obtaining the Trinity College London Diploma in Vocal Recital with Distinction.
She went on to complete her master’s degree in Classical Voice and Opera at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, receiving the James and Mary Glass Scholarship.
She then joined the Swiss Opera Studio and spent two years in Switzerland performing as one of ten members selected from all over the world.
Airi is currently a PhD Music candidature at the University of Southampton.
Having competed and received top awards in her home country and internationally, Airi’s experience as a performer is rich and diverse.
In opera, she made her UK debut in Puccini’s Suor Angelica, and won international acclaim for the title role in Rossini’s La Cenerentola.
Her other operatic roles include the title role in Bizet’s Carmen, Annio in Mozart’s La Clemenza di Tito, Gräfin von Eberbach in Lortzing’s Der Wildschütz and Baroness in Barber’s Vanessa.
She made her Swiss debut in Herbert’s operetta Babes in Toyland, which was well received by the local media. Since then, she continues to make operatic appearances and looks forward to her debut in Italy in summer 2023.
Airi sang the Romanian national anthem in Romania and performed in a prize-winner concert at Peleș Castle. Furthermore, she performed with pianist Alexey Pudinov at the Piano Forum Opening Night in Finland. Among her performance credits in Japan are Suntory Hall, Tokyo and Kodaiji Temple, Kyoto.
Airi is passionate about educational and charitable causes through music, contributing to charity concerts at the Romanian Embassy and hospitals in Japan, among others.
She is a qualified middle and high school music teacher in Japan, and has also taught at local schools in Manchester, England. She has a concert scheduled at the Japanese School in Zurich, Switzerland this Spring.
Awards and Prizes
3rd place, Metropolitan Melodies,the New York international singing competition
Winner, solo singing category, 21st Century Art international competition
Winner, Art Champion II international art competition
Winner and Special Panel Prize, Great Wall Cup International Music Competition
Winner and Special Prize, Yangzi Cup International Music Competition
2nd place, the 21st Century Art International Music Competition (Finland)
2nd place (the youngest prize recipient), Romanian International Music Competition
2nd place, Asia International Music Competition
Finalist, 14° Concorso Internazionale di Canto Lirico “Omaggio a Maria Callas”
Finalist, the Concorso di Lirica Italiana
James and Mary Glass Scholarship (Royal Northern College of Music)
The Principal’s Award (Tokyo Gakugei University)