Momoyo Kokubu has been organist at the Church of Our Lady of Finisterrae in Brussels since 1995. Together with her husband Xavier Deprez, as co-organist, she conducts Masses there on Saturday at 4.30pm (in Dutch) and on Sunday at 11am with the parish choir (in French). The organ was built in 1856 by the Belgian organ builder Hippolyte Loret and restored in 2000 by the ‘Orgelmanfactuur Thomas de Ster-Francorchamps’. She is also one of the organisers of the ‘Orgelopmaandag’ (free concerts) of Our Lady of Finisterrae.
Momoyo comes from Japan. She studied at the Royal College of Music in London in Nicholas DANBY’s organ class and then came to live in Brussels where she obtained a first prize for organ with great distinction in 1999 as well as the Mailly Prize and, in 2004, the certificate of teacher training for organ in Jean Ferrard’s organ class at the French-speaking Royal Conservatory of Music in Brussels.
She was a finalist at the International Organ Competition in Freiberg in 1995 and Maastricht in 2000.
She currently teaches organ at the French-speaking Music Academy of Watermael-Boitsfort (in Brussels) and at the St Gregory’s Music Academy (F) in Tournai.
Momoyo made six CDs with MeloPhone. Four of the six CDs of trio sonatas by J.S. Bach released so far have already been awarded the prize for the best recording by the Japanese magazine “Record Geijyutsu”. Her most recent CD is ‘Bach in G-Dur’ (MeloPhone2015), recorded at the St Gumbertus Church in Ansbach (D).
Since 2015, Momoyo has been a member as a continuist of the ensemble FILIÆ, with two sopranos and a gambist. In 2019 their CD dedicated to works by François Couperin was released.
Momoyo performs in Europe and Japan, in solo works, duets, with choir or with FILIÆ.