Recitals of English and French music for solo viol

ASAKO MORIKAWA is a professional viol player, recording artist and teacher, based in England. As a member of the viol consort Fretwork ('the finest viol consort on the planet') she has toured the world and made many award-winning recordings.

Alongside her consort playing Asako Morikawa enjoys giving solo concerts on her 17th century English bass viol and her French viol.


Solo recitals can include music written in England, France and Spain in the 16th and 17th centuries by such figures as Christopher Simpson, Tobias Hume, Carl Friedrich Abel, Le sieur de Machy, Sainte-Colombe, Marin Marais and Diego Ortiz. Asako is also keen to commission new music to exploit the unique character of the viol and has already asked the English composer John Woolrich for a new piece.

Asako is happy to talk about her instruments and their repertoire in spoken introductions.
The viol is an intimate instrument, perfectly suited to a wide range of possible venues from chapels, manor houses, museum galleries to private houses.



Asako Morikawa was born Japan. She started playing the viol at 12, influenced by her father's strong interest in early music. After studying viol with Tetsuya Nakano at the Toho Gakuen School of Music in Tokyo she moved to Netherlands to further her studies with Wieland Kuijken at the Royal Conservatorium in The Hague. Later Asako studied baroque violin with Thomas Albert at the Hochschule for Künste Bremen, and as a baroque violinist she has performed and recorded with Bremen Baroque Orchestra, Musicalische Company and Musica Fiata.


Asako Morikawa has been a member of Fretwork since 2004 (Gramophone Award 2009, Royal Philharmonic Society Award 2017) (live performance in Arizona 2017), but has also played with many other leading groups including Simon Standage's Collegium Musicum 90, Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra and the Amsterdam Concertgebouw Orchestra. She is in demand as viol soloist and continuo player throughout Europe, Japan, Russia, Australia, the USA, Canada and South America. She teaches regularly at Dartington International Summer SchoolEaster Early Music Course at Ascot and for Japanese Viola da Gamba Society.


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