The Japanese harpsichordist, horn player and conductor, Michio O’Hara, studied musicology at the Aichi Prefectural University for Fine Arts and Music from 1997 to 2001, and he graduated with the first prize, for the theme „the horn part in music at the end of 18th century“. He studied the natural horn with Oliver Kersken, also harpsichord with Wiebke Weidanz and Michaela Hasselt at the College of Music and Theatre (Musikhochschule) in Leipzig, Germany from 2001 to 2005, and he graduated with Diploma. From 2005 autumn to 2008 winter he studied the harpsicord and the hammerklavier (fortepiano) with Wiebke Weidanz at the College for Music and Theater (Musikhochschule) in Frankfurt am Main. He is also a member of Nagoya Baroque Music Society.
As his musical activity, in 2005 Michio O’Hara played the hammerklavier (fortepiano) as a part of two duos for harpsichord hammerklavier at the Museum of Music Instruments in Berlin. In 2006 he took a part of several chamber music concerts as a continuo player and a soloist on the harpsichord in the region of Schleswig-Holstein, northern Germany. In the same year, he also co-operated on the harpsichord as a continuo player with a chamber string orchestra in his hometown Nagoya. In 2007, he organized some concerts with programmes of Spanish Baroque music in Germany and in Nagoya, because of Domenico Scarlatti’s 250th death year. In the same year, he also experienced a television recording on the harpsichord in Nagoya. From 2004 to 2008 he ran an ensemble Brücke, with voice and historical instruments. In 2008 he was invited to a concert in Monte Compatri nearby to Rome as a soloist and continuo player on the harpsichord, and he realized a co-organization for concerts between Monte Compatri and Nagoya. Also in this year O’Hara was invited to a solo recital as a continuo player in Yeosu (South Korea). O’Hara co-operates not only as a organizer but also as a continuo player on the harpsichord and as a musical director for an opera project in Nagoya 2009. In the same year, 2009, he was invited to the final in the early music department of the Osaka International Music Competition and played there.
Now Michio O’Hara gives lessons on the harpsichord, natural horn, modern horn and piano, also in musical theory (harmony, counterpoint, solfege) in his hometown Nagoya, just like he did earlier in Frankfurt. In Nagoya he prepared his pupil for her study at a German music college successfully.