"Asako Ogawa plays Bach's Partitas with refined control.
Ogawa's sound world was a place where I was very happy to live"
"...her playing radiated excitement, and vivid sense of the character of each individual piece..."
BBC Music Magazine
"I found her lyrical playing engaging from the start..This is a capable and sensitive player who is intelligently inside the music, and quite capable of drawing us into it..."
Early Music Review
photo by Eric Richmond
Asako Ogawa is a Japanese born harpsichordist and a fortepianist based in London.
She performs as a soloist and continuo player and is a baroque repertoire coach at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama.
Asako recently issued J.S Bach’s 6 Partitas album with the First Hand Records, awarded four starts reviews in BBC Music Magazine and The Independent (UK). The album was also played in the Radio France, praised as “A very beautiful, very successful album”. Her debut album, Bach’s “Goldberg Variation” was also praised by the critic Robert Hugill : ‘There is a clarity to her approach ; every detail of Bach’s part writing is clear’.
Her main appearances include BBC2, London Bach Festival. Brighton Early Music Festival, BBC Radio 3, and the Georgian Concert Society, Edinburgh. Asako is also a regular performer at the London Handel Festival since 2008. She gave lunchtime recitals with the winners of the International Handel Singing Competition and as a soloist in the Halle Händel Festival, Germany, which were received warmly.
Asako completed her principle study harpsichord at the Postgraduate Diploma and Fellowship at the Historical Performance Department at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama in 2007. She won the Accompanist’s Prize in the London Handel Singing Competition and was also a finalists in the Broadwood Harpsichord Ensemble Competition. She also performed in the Brighton Early Music Festival, which was broadcasted on BBC3 Early Music Show.
She has participated in the international courses and masterclasses by Bob van Asperen, Colin Tilney, Ton Koopmann and Christophe Rousset. Asako received a scholarship to participate in the Aestas Musica Baroque School in Croatia, where she played continuo for Purcell's Fairy Queen and Indian Queen productions under the direction of Laurence Cummings. Asako founded a Baroque Ensemble LUX which has been a regular at the London Handel Festival and was invited to perform in the prestigous concert series of the Georgian Concert Society, Edinburgh.
Asako also specialised in the art of piano accompaniment and chamber music and has received many awards, including the MBF Sir Henry Richardson Accompanists’ Award and was invited to BANFF Summer Chamber Music Course with the Freude PIano Trio. She also collaborated with many internationally established singers such as Susana Gaspar, Nazan Fikret, Héloïse Mas, Jorge Navarro Colorado, Josep Ramon Olivé and acclaimed instrumentalists such as violist Maxim Rysanov, violinist Ivo Stankov, to name a few. Currently Asako has been touring Belgium with a mezzo-soprano Héloïse Mas.
She studied harpsichord with Nicholas Parle, James Johnstone, and Laurence Cummings, fortepiano with Steven Devine.
Asako's biography as a pianist is here : Asako Ginova
Full review of Asako's Goldberg Variation CD is here