Since I left the Midwest and moved back to Philadelphia a couple of years ago, I haven’t made music with any period instrumentalists here. In early January this year, I debuted my violoncello da spalla, beautifully built by Dmitry Badiarov, in a concert of Bach cantata BWV 41 with the period instruments, but that was… Read More Bach Methodology
It’s been more than a half year since I posted the previous blog entry… I don’t know how I let the time get away like this. I still have much to say, and I still love to write when I have the time that I can somehow justify spending for blogging. One big reason I… Read More I’m still here!
In March 2005, I organized a Bach ensemble and performed 4 cantatas in a concert in Tokyo. It was a group consists of the supportive and willing members of Bach Collegium Japan and my friends from Geidai (Tokyo University of the Arts)— I can say it was an ideal ensemble in the realistic realm, or… Read More Gamut Bach Ensemble
My fixation on the cello playing stems from my fascination with basso continuo. It’s not that continuo part is extremely important in baroque music — of course it is — but what fascinates me most is how continuo playing can dictate the outcome of a whole performance. The leader of the continuo group is like… Read More The Compleat Violoncellist
(Originally posted on February 20, 2011) Fairly recently on facebook, I commented on an online video clip that I watched earlier. It was of an European virtuoso violinist making a recording of Bach violin concertos. In the video this young violinist said: “I love to hear about authentic interpretation and baroque violins; however, we do… Read More Context
(Originally posted on August 19, 2010) The 2010 Marlboro season has ended. This morning, for the first time in 8+ weeks, I woke up in a room that was not Random North 7. I’m no longer in Marlboro— and I don’t even want to think what that means to me. I know, I’ll just have… Read More The 2010 Marlboro Season
(Originally posted on April 18, 2010) In December 2001, I was in Brussels visiting my good oboist friend Katy. Thanks to her, I was able to sneak into the Flemish side of the conservatory and observe some of Mr. Sigiswald Kuijken’s baroque violin lessons. In between those lessons he taught (all in different languages), he… Read More Why a Bach cantata ensemble needs a conductor