photo by Eric Richmond
Asako Ogawa is a fine harpsichordist with a beautiful sound and touch.
As well as being an excellent continuo player she has a very strong musical personality as a soloist
~ Laurence Cummings
Asako Ogawa is a Japanese born harpsichordist based in London, actively performs as a soloist and as a continuo player in UK, Europe and Japan. She is also a baroque repertoire coach at Guildhall School of music and Drama. As a soloist, Asako has been performing Goldberg Variations in UK and Japan recently and her performances received enthusiastic acclaim, recently issued her debut recording of the piece. The CD was praised by the critic Robert Hugill : ‘There is a clarity to her approach ; everydetail of Bach’s part writing is clear’. Her appearances include Leicester International Music Festival, Faversham Music Festival, London Bach Festival. Brighton Early Music Festival, BBC Radio 3, and the Georgian Concert Society, Edinburgh. Asako is a regular performer at Handel House and London Handel Festival. Last year she gave a recital with the winners of the 2017 LHSC in the Halle Händel Festival, Germany and was invited back to give a solo recital this year.
Her path as a historical keyboard player developed with her taking up the harpsichord in 2006 at the historical performance department of GSMD, where she has completed her Postgraduate Diploma, and was awarded a Fellowship. Asako 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. Asako collaborated with many internationally established singers such as Susana Gaspar, Vania Stankov, 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 Anna Ginova
Full review of Asako's Goldberg Variation CD is here