biography (English)

Asako Ueda

Historical plucked instruments (Lute, Theorbo, Renaissance & Baroque guitar),
Violin and Viola (Modern&Baroque)

The Japanese lutenist Asako Ueda began playing the violin when she was five years old. She studied the violin at the Toho Gakuen High School and the Toho Gakuen College of Music in Japan. After finishing her Bachelor, she continued at her college to study the Baroque violin with Ryo Terakado and composition with Masahiro Ishijima. She started playing the lute while in college.

In 2016, she gave her first solo. The same year, she moved to the Netherlands and she is currently studying the lute and the theorbo at the Royal Conservatory of The Hague with Mike Fentross and Joachim Held. She took part in a CD recording with Ensemble Contraponto (Japan) conducted by Tetsuro Hanai and she is a member of La Musica Collana (Japan), Petits Violons (Japan), Ensemble Irene (Japan), Ensemble Muromachi (Japan) and IJ Space Ensemble (Holland), who are going to release a CD on Claves Records in 2019. She founded “Sponte Sua” with Pablo Sosa in 2018.

She has played in several music festivals, like the Chofu music festival (Japan), Veenhuizen (Holland), Monteverdi XL(Holland), Utrecht Early Music Festival “Fabulous fringe” (Holland) and the MAfestival Brugge fringe (Belgium).

She won the 1st prize at the Biagio Marini Competition (Germany) and the 3rd prize at the International Van Wassenaer Competition, both times with Ensemble IJ Space.

Her interests are not limited to only Renaissance and Baroque music, but extend also to Medieval music and contemporary music. She studied Gregorian chant and Renaissance polyphony with Tetsuro Hanai in Japan and with Mikae Natsuyama in Holland.

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