Solo programme

PRAY upon ground (45min., talk concert)

The program delivers solely unaccompanied violin solo works focusing on the music based on basso ostinato (ground bass), popular form in baroque music centered by H.I.F.Biber Passacaglia from Rosary sonata and J.S. Bach Chaccone from partita in d minor, with talk in between about the story of the works, composer’s intentions and innovations.

Profile of Violin (60min., talk concert)

You will learn the history of unaccompanied violin works through 17-18th centuries from different countries in an hour with fun talk, quotes and poems. Includes works by famous Bach, Telemann and lesser known Matteis, Bassano and Vylsmayr.

Uit of Kabinet -Hidden Treasure of Dutch Golden Age-
(violin & harpsichord/organ&theorbo, 60/90 min., talk concert)

The Netherlands especially Amsterdam enjoyed its richest time in mid 17th century. However since the music making in this country was not in the enormous churches but rather intimate family’s living rooms, some instrumental music of this time has been left behind for long time till today.
The program will show those forgotten repertoire from Amsterdam publications such as ‘t’ Uitnement Kabinet’ includes division and dances by North German virtuoso, Johann Schop, and surprisingly imaginative Italian style sonata from ‘Spielstukken’ by Petersen only the violin sonata set written and published in Holland in 17th century.

Discovering of Violin Musics in Bologna

Frontspiece to Sonata a Violino e Violoncello by Jacchini, published in Bologna in the late 17th century | Obtained from Museo Internazionale e Biblioteca della Musica di Bologna, Obtained by Asuka Sumi

Welcome to AsukaSumi.com

After several months of writing a Japanese blog to chronicle my work as a baroque violinist in Amsterdam/Europe and Tokyo/East Asia, I have decided to start a bona fide website in English.  Thus, AsukaSumi.com.

I will be adding to the site in the months to follow with the following projected themes:

– upcoming performances

– thoughts on music performance practice

– occasional notes about research in the field, particularly dealing with Italian violin repertoire from the 17th century

I hope that you enjoy the site and will make it one that you follow.