This is a competition of Encounter and Communication..

The end of April 2013, I visited the very old, beautiful monastry in St.Florian bei Linz, which they call ‘Augstiner Choreherren Stift St. Florian’.

The monastery was first documented in 819. The mysterious atmosphere of this historical building, old monks in black coat, young boys who live there for traditional choreherren, reminded me immediately my most favorite book ‘Narcissus and Goldmund’ by H.Hesse.

This beautiful building holds amazing library (unfortunately they lost most of 17c. music manuscript..), and Anton Bruckner is sleeping in the grave there.library st.florian


Every two years, this monastery gives kind contribution for the most relax and innovative music competition, H.I.F.Biber Wettbewerb.

The committee and the organizer, known as  most knowledgeable violinist of Austrian baroque repertoire, Gunar Letzbor, said

” This is a competition of Encounter and Communication.”

This lovely statement was reflected everywhere during the days of competition.

I met many nice young colleagues from all over the Europe, and share great time and music.

Biberwettbewerb3Thanks to such a relaxed ambiance and great acoustic in the hall, Sommerrefektrium, I enjoyed my performance, and fortunately received Romanus Weichlein Prize, shared with Girandole Armoniche.

Of course, it was also due to my great accompanist Panos Iliopoulos, the harpsichordist and composer.


I was also invited to the Resonanza Festival in Vienna in January 2014! I will update further details as soon as possible!

And part of the recording from my performance in the Prizewinner Concert on 1st May, is coming up on this website soon!


Il Tempo dell’Affetto


Il Tempo dell’Affetto

About Us! (for Dutch Bio, click here!)

This newly established chamber music ensemble, Il Tempo dell’Affetto, combines flute traverse/a béc, baroque violin, baroque bassoon and harpsichord into boundless instrumental colors and transformative possibilities in the realm of 17th and 18th century repertoire.

The name of the group derives from Monteverdi’s pivotal masterpiece ‘Lamento della Ninfa’, a madrigal, for which the composer demands “al tempo dell’affetto, dell’animo, e non a quello della mano.” The performer thus required to sing in “tempo of affect, of soul and not the one of a hand”.

Such a strong declaration represents a breakthrough for the new music style of this period, following not rigorous formality but natural affect of humans. The aim, therefore, of this group to perform with vigorous Energy, Passion and Sincerity which are deeply based on Clear and Keen interpretation of historical performance which must move the audience’s passion as well.

The members met during their studies in Conservatorium in Amsterdam, and are currently based in Amsterdam and Utrecht.

the members are..

flute traverse/a bec  Belén Nieto Galán

baroque violin  Asuka Sumi

baroque bassoon  Takako Kunugi

harpsichord  Asís Márquez González

Hope to see many of you in our concerts!  We will shake your soul!

Trio Nocturno (Dutch Bio)

Biography in Dutch

Trio Nocturno is een jong strijktrio uit Amsterdam, gevormd door gepassioneerde strijkers. Het trio is gespecialiseerd in een historische benadering met behulp van historische instrumenten met darmsnaren.

Hun kernrepertoire bestaat momenteel uit Boccherini’s werken voor twee violen en cello. In vergelijking met andere composities van hem zijn deze composities (Op.1, 4, 6, 34 en 54) tot nu toe nauwelijks gespeeld of opgenomen.

Naast het verkennen van Boccherini’s ontwikkeling, varieert het repertoire van Trio Nocturno van de vroege zeventiende tot laat achttiende eeuw.

Alle leden van het trio studeren aan het Conservatorium van Amsterdam (afdeling Oude Musiek) bij Sophie Gent en Viola de Hoog. Zij krijgen ook regelmatig lessen van Anner Bijlsma, de specialist in het repertoire van Boccherini en een eminent strijker.


Alba Encinas (Violin)

Alba Encinas werd geboren in Onda, Spanje. Na haar voorstudies in Onda en Castellón begon ze haar bachelor moderne viool in Salamanca bij Isabel Vila. In 2009 vervolgde ze haar studie in Barcelona, waar ze les kreeg van Igor Malinovsky, Emilio Moreno, Lorenzo Coppola en het Casals kwartet. Ze behaalde haar bachelor diploma in 2012.

Ze speelde in diverse orkesten, zoals het Jeugd Orkest van Catalonia en Jeugd Orkest van Castelló met dirigenten als Lutz Kohler, Pablo González en Jaime Martin. Ze trad ook op met het Jeugd Orkest Atlantische en het Sweelinck Barokorkest met dirigenten als Louis Langreé, David Stern, Philippe Herreweghe, Christophe Coin, Jos van Immerseel, Patrick Cohen en Alessandro Moccia.

Momenteel studeert ze barokviool aan Conservatorium van Amsterdam bij Sophie Gent en kamermuziek bij Alfredo Bernardini en Viola de Hoog.

Asuka Sumi (Violin)

Asuka Sumi werd geboren in Tokio en kreeg haar eerste vioollessen van haar ouders. Ze specialiseerde zich in barokviool en rondde op dat instrument haar bachelor en masterstudies af op de Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music bij Natsumi Wakamatsu. Ze volgt op dit moment lessen aan het Conservatorium van Amsterdam bij de docenten Lucy van Dael en Sophie Gent. Ze heeft ook kamermuziek bij Masaaki Suzuki, Alfredo Bernardini en Walther van Hauwe gestudeerd.

Naast haar actieve deelname in tal van orkesten als Academie Baroque Europeenne d’Ambronay 2010 en Academia Montis Regalis, speelt ze een belangrijke rol in de totstandkoming en optredens van jonge kamermuziekensembles zoals Ensemble Odyssee, Il Tempo dell’Affetto en Ensemble Seconda Pratica. Asuka werkt ook als freelance musicus en speelde op festivals en steden als Brussel, Innsbruck, Basel, Turijn en Seoel. /

Maximiliano Segura Sanchez (Violoncello)

Op negen jarige leeftijd begon Maximiliano Segura Sánchez zijn muzikale loopbaan in Málaga. Hij was tot 2006 lid van het Andalusische Jeugd Orkest tot 2009 en lid van het Nationaal Jeugd Orkest van Spanje. Van 2004 tot 2008 studeerde hij aan het Consevatorium van Málaga, waar hij zijn bacheloropleiding met onderscheiding voltooide. Daarna vervolgde hij zijn studie aan het Conservatorium van Amsterdam bij Maarten Mostert. In 2012 behaalde hij daar zijn Bachelordiploma. Sinds september 2012 volgt hij de masteropleiding op moderne cello bij Maarten Mostert en barokcello bij Viola de Hoog. Hij nam deel aan verschillende masterclasses bij cellospelers zoals Dmitry Ferschtman, Anner Bijlsma, Anssi Kartunen, Giovanni Sollima en Michel Strauss.

Trio Nocturno


Trio Nocturno is a young string trio based in Amsterdam, formed by passionate string players specializing in historical approach using period instruments and gut strings.     (Bio in Dutch is available here) 

Trio Nocturno, Alba, Maximiliano and Asuka

Trio Nocturno, Alba, Maximiliano and Asuka

Their core repertoire presently consists of Boccherini’s trio works for two violins and cello, works (Op.1, 4, 6, 34 and 54) had heretofore hardly been played or recorded compared to the composer’s other output ranging from Vienna, Paris to Madrid.

Apart from exploring Boccherini’s development, Trio Nocturno ranges in its repertoire from the early XVII till late XVIII century, from the origin of string consort such as M. Locke,  H. Purcell, Golden-Age of Italian trio such as B.Marini, T.Merula, M.Uccelini, until Galant and pre-Classical style such as Telemann, C.P.E.Bach and Haydn.

Each of the trio’s members are studying in Conservatorium van Amsterdam, emphasizing historical performance studies with Sophie Gent, Viola de Hoog. They also receive frequent advice and lessons from Anna Bijlsma who is the specialist for Boccherini repertoire and most eminent string player.

Alba Encinas (Violin) was born in Onda, Spain. After her preliminary studies in Onda and Castellón, She started her bachelor on modern violin in Salamanca with Isabel Vilá and Hector Sánchez. In 2009 she moved to ESMUC in Barcelona where she received lessons from Igor Malinovsky, Quartet Casals, Emilio Moreno and Lorenzo Coppola and obtained bachelor diploma in 2012.

She has joined several orchestras such as Jove Orquestra de Catalunya and Jove Orquestra Simfònica de Castelló with conductors like Lutz Kohler, Pablo González and Jaime Martin. Also on historical performance with Jeune Orchestre Atlantique and Sweelinck Barokorkest with conductors such as Louis Langreé, David Stern, Philippe Herreweghe, Christophe Coin, Jos van Immersel, Patrick Cohen and Alessandro Moccia.

Currently, she is studying baroque violin in Conservatorium van Amsterdam with Sophie Gent and chamber music from Alfredo Bernardini, Viola de Hoog, Friedemann Immer and Maggie Urquhart.

Asuka Sumi (Violin) was born in Tokyo and received her first education on violin from her parents. She thereafter changed her main subject to specialize on baroque violin, completing her Bachelor and Master’s degrees on that specialty at Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music under the guidance of Natsumi Wakamatsu. She is currently taking intensive studies at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam with teachers Lucy van Dael and Sophie Gent. She also took studies in chamber music with Masaaki Suzuki, Alfredo Bernardini and Walther van Hauwe.

Besides her active participation in many orchestras such as Académie Baroque Europeénne d’Ambronay 2010 and Academia Montis Regalis, she is playing a significant role in the formation and performance of young chamber music groups such as Ensemble Odyssee, Il Tempo dell’Affetto and Ensemble Seconda Pratica. Asuka works also as a freelancer musician, performing broadly in festivals and cities around Europe and Asia such as Brussels, Innsbruck, Basel, Torino and Seoul. /

Maximiliano Segura Sanchez (Violoncello) started his musical studies from  nine years old in Málaga. He was member of the Youth Andalusian Orchestra until 2006 and member of the Youth National Orchestra of Spain till 2009. In 2008, he did his final exam of the superior degree and got distinction mark. Therafter, he started his  bachelor study in Conservatorium van Amsterdam with  Maarten Mostert and got degree on 2012. Since September 2012, he started the master degree both on modern cello with Maarten Mostert and baroque cello with Viola de Hoog. He participated in  several masterclasses by great cello players such as Dmitry Ferschtman, Anner Bijlsma, Anssi Kartunen, Giovanni Sollima and Michel Strauss.

Concert Updates 2012-2013

November 24 (Sat) 2012, “Escher in het Paleis”, Den Haag (the Netherlands)

Repertoire: Time travel with Trio (M.Locke, T.Merula, G.P.Telemann, L. Boccherini)

December 16 (Sat) 2012,“Dromen over feest”, Zaandijk (the Netherlands)

Repertoire: Boccherini, his life and music (Trio for 2Vns & Vc. op.1-1, 4)

February 15 (Fri) 2013, Lunchtime concert at Sweelinkzaal, Amsterdam (the Netherlands)

Repertoire: Trio op.6 by Boccherini)

May18 (Sat) 2013 , Lunchtime concert at Openbare Bibliotheeke Amsterdam (the Netherlands)

Repertoire: Boccherini, Trio for 2Vns & Vc. op.6,op. 1, Haydn Trio for 2Vns &Vc.

Welcome to

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,

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.