Kae Ogawa (Fortepiano)
She has studied fortepiano in Tokyo National
University of Fine Arts and Music in Japan and
continued her Master studies at the Royal
Conservatory in the Hague with Stanley
Hoogland. She has also taken numerous
masterclasses with Piet Kuijken, Boyan
Vodenicharov, Zvi Meniker, Geoffrey Govier,
Malcolm Bilson and Bart van Oort.
Recent concerts include performances in Europe and Japan, in the important EarlyMusic
Festivals and venues such asHolland Festival Oude Muziek in Utrecht (2008- 2009), Música
Antiqva in Spain (2010), Festival de Saintes in France (2010), Laus Polyphoniae in Antwerp
(2010), York Early Music Festival in England (2012), and 8th Hamamatsu International
Piano Competition in Japan (2012).
She has also appeared at the principal concert halls such as Concertgebouw in Amsterdam,
Muziekgebouw Frits Philips Eindhoven, and de Doelen in Rotterdam.
An active chamber musician, Kae has established her ensemble “Den Haag Piano
Quintet”, which performs piano quintet repertoire in the 19th century on period instruments.
Her ensemble got several awards such as the first prize at the 16th International Van
Wassenaer Competition, “IYAP (International Young Artists Presentation) Selected
Promising Young Ensemble 2010” in Antwerp, and the finalist of York International Early
Music Competition in England in 2011.
She has made winners tour in the Netherlands in 2012-2013 with her ensemble,
including radio broadcasting by Radio 4 (Jong Klassiek).
Her ensemble was also award TY-limited Recording Support Program in Japan and
their first CD “19th Century Piano Quintets Vol.1” was released by MA recordings
Kae holds fortepiano a master degree in fortepiano at Tokyo University of the Arts
in Japan as a student of Kikuko Ogura and wrote a master paper entitled “ The
history of the Piano Quintets”. In addition, she earned another master degree in
fortepiano at the Royal Conservatory in the Hague under the renowned fortepianist
Stanley Hoogland and wrote a master paper entitled “The Chamber Concerto Style
between 1760s and 1840s” in 2011.
Miki Takahashi (Violin)
Miki Takahashi was born in Japan. She studied at Toho-Gakuen University of Music with Kohichiro Harada, the original first violinist of Tokyo String Quartet. In 1998, Miki moved to Toronto to study with Professor Lorand Fenyves, and she graduated from the Glenn Gould School Toronto with a Bachelor Degree, as well as obtaining an Advanced Certificate at the University of Toronto.
Since 2002 Miki has turned to the baroque violin, and studied with Kevin Mallon, a former violinist with Tafelmusik. After moving to Berlin in 2003, she completed a Performance Diploma and subsequently her ‘Konzertexamen’ in baroque violin at the University of Arts in Berlin under the instruction of Irmgard Huntgeburth, attaining the highest mark possible.
In March 2005, Miki has won the first prize as well as the special prize for ornamentation at the Third International Telemann Competition in Magdeburg, Germany. The following August, she has also won first prize and the audience prize at the International Music Competition Musica Antiqua in Bruges.
Miki was also accepted into the Academia Montis Regalis Baroque Orchestra Academy (2005) as a concertmistress and as a second violin principal, and has performed Vivaldi's concerto for two violins with Enrico Onofri.
She successfully gave her debut concert in Japan (2006) and in USA (2007).
In 2006 and 2007, Miki was invited to teach in Master classes of the Debrecen University (Hungary) and the St. Paul Conservatory of Music in Minessota USA. In 2008, she gave extensive master classes, lectures and concerts in Taipei National University of Arts as well as in Tainan National University of Arts in Taiwan.
Miki has made solo appearance with various ensembles including Musica Fiorita (Basel), Feinstein Ensemble (London), Leipziger Barockorchester, Il Gardelino (Belgium), and Collegium Musicum 90. Miki is the first violinist of the Den Haag Piano Quintet, which is “IYAP Selected Promising Ensemble 2010”. She has extensively worked with such distinguished artists as: Marcel Ponseele, Jan de Winne, Enrico Onofri, Lorenzio and Vittorio Ghielmi, Jean Lamon, Elisabeth Wallfisch, Andrew Manzi, Andrea Marcon. Alfredo Bernardini, Simon Standage, Amandini Bayer. Dann Laurin, and Richard Gwilt. She performs frequently in chamber ensembles, baroque orchestras, and gives solo recitals worldwide.
Tomoe Badiarova (Violin)
debuted as a soloist with Hibiki Chamber Orchestra conducted by Masahiro Arita in 2007. She performed as a member of Tokyo Bach Mozart Orchestra (Masahiro Arita), Les Boreades (Ryo Terakado), Bach Collegium Japan (Masaaki Suzuki), Orchestra Libera Classica (Hidemi Suzuki), La Petite Bande (Sigiswald Kuijken), Il Gardellino (Marcel Ponseele), Harmonie Universelle (Florian Deuter), Bremer Barock Orchester and New Dutch Academy (Simon Murphy) among others.
She performed romantic repertoire with Den Haag Piano Quintet at Minatomirai Hall in Tokyo and Concertgebouw Amsterdam. She is a founding member of a baroque ensemble Les Esprits Animaux with which she performed in the Netherlands, Belgium, France, Spain, Portugal, Germany, Italy and Japan at major festivals such as Ambronay Festival, MA Festival Bruges, Ghent Festival, Vilnius Banchetto Musical Festival, broadcasted on BBC, Radio France, Musiq3, LRT, France Musique, Concertzender Nederland and others. She recorded with Tokyo Bach Mozart Orchestra, Il Gardellino, Ensemble Odyssee and Les Esprits Animaux. In November 2014 she performed Médée, Cherubini opera, as concertmaster with Opera2Day in The Netherlands.
Her professors were Takayoshi Wanami and Ryo Terakado at Toho University of Music in Tokyo. She plays on violins made specially for her by Dmitry Badiarov.
Rieko Ikeda (Violin)
Rieko Ikeda is a moden and baroque violinist. She won many prizes
such as 2nd prize at the Yamanashi Early Music Competition Japan
in 2017.She graduated with a Bachelor of Music degree from the
Tokyo college of Music and a Master of Arts degree from Tokyo
University of the Arts.
She plays in many orchestras and ensemles in Japan, includeing
Bach Collegium Japan, Orchestra Libera Classica.
Mika Akiha (Violin/Viola)
Began to study the violin at the age of four. She studied violin
at the Toho Gakuen High School and the College of Music
in Tokyo. When she was seventeen, she began to study the
Baroque violin under Natsumi
Wakamatsu. After graduating from the Toho Gakuen College, she
went abroad to Belgium to study with Professor Sigiswald Kuijken
and Luis Otavio de Sousa Santos at the Royal Conservatory of
Music in Brussels, and completed master's degree of baroque
violin and baroque viola.
She has appeared in concerts as a violinist and violist with Early
Music groups such as Bach Collegium Japan, Les Agrémens,
Il Fondamento, Ricercar consort, La Petite Bande, Il Gardellino,
Ensemble Pygmalion, B'Rock Orchestra, Bach Concentus, Quatuor Dialogues, Le
Banquet Céleste, Les Talens Lyriques, Orchestra Libera Classica. also recorded many
CDes with such labels as Klara, Accent, BIS, DHM (Deutsche Harmonia Mundi),
RICERCAR, Avex Classics, Challenge, ALM records, MIRARE, DENON Passacaille etc.
Adam Römer (Viola)
He was born in Debrecen, Hungary. He comes from a family of musicians and started his musical studies at the age of 5. He studied at the Kodaly Special Music School Debrecen, Liszt Academy of Budapest, Glenn Gould School of Toronto and the University of Arts in Berlin. His main teachers were: Lorand Fenyves, Steven Dann Ulrich Knörzer and Irmgard Huntgeburth. He was introduced to historical performance practice by Jeanne Lamon (leader of Tafelmusic-Toronto), then later did master classes with Anner Bylsma, Barthold Kuijken, Susanne Scholz and Christoph Huntgeburth.
Adam has been member of Ensemble San Souci, and Capella Vitalis (Berlin), Telemann Consort (Magdeburg) Le Nation (Japan), Musica Fiorita (Switzerland), guest lead the viola section of Concerto Brandenburg Classical Orchestra, as well as worked under great musicians and conductors such as: Roger Norrington, Simon Rattle, Giovanni Antonini and Matthew Halls.
Adams wide range of interest in music takes him through Europe-Asia and North America, with different chamber music, early music, and hungarian folk music ensembles, like: Dohnanyi String Trio Berlin, Arctimus quartet (Norway), Ishum quartet (Germany), Via Salzburg (Canada), Morotva Hungarian Folk (Hungary), and Den Haag Piano Quintet (The Netherlands). Adam is also an experienced performer of new music, he participated in Andrea Molinos multimedia project "the Fainted Voices" in Italy, toured with Giovanni Sollima and the Kaleidoskop ensemble-Berlin.
Mr. Romer is also a highly sought after orchestra musician. After being leader of the viola section of the Gewandhaus orchestra Leipzig, and Berlin Radio Orchestras, he is currently Viola Section Leader of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra.
Sonoko Asabuki (Viola)
She was born in Tokyo, studied the modern viola with Nobuo Okada, at Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music, where she got Master’s Degree in 2006. Awarded Young Artists Prize when graduating. Received Master-Diplom in 2009 from Musikhochschule in Freiburg, where she had studied the modern viola with Prof. Wolfram Christ since 2007. She has been playing the baroque viola since 2005 and has been studying the baroque Violin with Prof.Chiara Banchini, Leila Schayegh, Amandine Beyer at Schola Canturm in Basel since 2009.
She has won the 1st prize and special prize at 10th japanese strings competition “Vega” in Hyogo and also 1st prize at 9th japanese competition for young artist in Tochigi.
She performed with various ensembles including “Il Profondo”,”Ensemble 415”,”Barock Orchester Capriccio Basel” and orchesters by Seiji Ozawa, Trevor Pinnock, Gottfried von der Goltz and Lucy van Dael.
Miho Nakata (Viola)
Graduate of Soai University with a Bachelor of Music in violin.She
learned violin under Zyunkichi Nishimura, Sahri Tagawa and Machie
Oguri. Upon graduation, she shifts her career to viola, and gains
years of experience with the instrument as well as the chamber
music under Heiichiro Ohyama, Michiko Oshima, Yuko Mori and Aki
Saulier. She has performed at a number of music festivals and
concerts beyond the confines of the country. From 2003, she
participated in a number of concerts and recordings as a violist of
Nagaokakyo Chamber Ensemble. Besides, as a Baroque viola
player, she has performed in Baroque orchestra sand ensembles.
She stood on stage of the ViolaSpace 2016. She is currently an
active violist member of Zaza Quartet and Tokyo Baroque Players.
Toru Yamamoto (Cello)
He studied the modern cello with Takashi Dohi, Fumiaki Kouno, and Hideki Kitamoto. After his undergraduate studies, he entered Hidemi Suzuki's class to pursue his postgraduate studies in the baroque cello at Tokyo University of Fine Arts and Music, where he also benefited from the teaching of other professors at the school, namely Masaaki Suzuki, Natsumi Wakamatsu, Michio Kobayashi.
He was awarded 2nd prize at the Yamanashi Early Music Competition in 2006, 2nd prize at 16th International Bach-Leipzig Competition in 2008 and Honorable Mention at International competition Musica Antiqua Brugge in 2011.
Active not only as a baroque cellist, but as a modern cellist, he plays regularly with Bach Collegium Japan, Orchestra Libera Classica, Tokyo Bach Mozart Orchestra, Les Boreades, Ensemble Genesis, and Den Haag Piano Quintet. He plays with Yamagata Symphony Orchestra several times as a guest principal.
Now He studies romantic repartoire (in 19th century) mainly, with Roel Dieltiens at Zuericher Hochschule der Kunste from 2010 with scholarship from Japanese agency for cultural affairs and Rohm music foundation Japan, and uses gut strings on his cello which is made by Filip Kuijken in 2005.
Tomoki Sumiya (Contrabass)
Tomoki Sumiya studied double bass at Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music in Japan, and Violone with Maggie Urquhart at the Royal Conservatory of The Hague in The Netherlands.
He has a particular interest in Viennese solo bass works of the 18th century. This interest led him to further research the Viennese bass which culminated in the writing of an article that was published in "The Viol" magazine in Spring 2010. Tomoki has a very active performing life and has played with numerous ensembles and orchestras including La Petite Bande (directed by Sigiswald Kuijken), Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique (directed by John Eliot Gardiner), and Sinfonia Rotterdam (directed by Conrad van Alphen). Tomoki is a founding member of The Den Haag Piano Quintet, which in 2011 won 1st prize in The International Van Wassenaer Ensemble Competition in the Netherlands. Tomoki was awarded the "Best Individual Musician Award" in the same competition.