Biography

Biography [English]

RYOSUKE SAKAMOTO was born in Nara (Japan). At the age of three, he first became interested in early music performance under the influence of his parents. He began to play medieval plucked instruments, later studied lute and the viola da gamba. He appeared in many concert in Japan, both as solo player and emsemble player, including the work with Bach Collegium Japan.

In 2007, the year of his graduation at Tokyo University (bachelor degree on aesthetics) he released his solo CD ‘Travels with my Lute’ from Musica Rediviva (MRCD-013), recorded in Sweden, where he spent three years in his yourth. This recording got a praised commentary on the CD magazine “Gramophone”, in November 2011.

He moved to Switzerland in 2008 and studied lute and various plucked instruments at Schola Cantorum Basiliensis in Basel, with prof. Hopkinson Smith. He did his Masterconcert in June 2011, mostly focusing on 16th century repertoire for the lute. He continued further studies with Crawford Young (medieval lute) and Anne Smith (performance practice on renaissance music) there, and graduated in 2013, with Master degree of specialized music performance.

As a soloist, Ryosuke won the first prize (no second prize) and audience prize in the competition “III Consorso Maurizio Pratla” in L’Aquila (IT) in the department for Solo-Lute (July 2013). He was already invited to many international festivals to have recitals, like “Rezonanzen” (January 2011), “Les journées du luth” in Paris (March 2012, held by French Lute Society), “Fest für die Laute Wien” (May 2012), “Internationales Festival der Laute” in Bremen (May 2012, held by German Lute Society) and “Young musicians’ day” (September 2013, held by English lute Society).

Beside his activities as a soloist, he is playing mainly in small ensembles. Ryosuke is a member of the lute consort “Delight in Disorder” as well as the ensembles “Il Zabaione Musicale” (specialized in early Italian baroque music) and English broken-consort “The Queen’s Revels” as a principal lutenist. And he set up Ensemble Il bell’humore, which specializes in renaissance music in 2012. He also took part in some recording projects with “Profeti della Quinta” (“Il Mantovano Ebreo”, Linn records (UK) in 2013 and “Rapresentatione di Giuseppe e I suoi fratelli”, Pan Classics (CH) in 2014).

 

Biographie [Deutsch]

Ryosuke Sakamoto wurde in Nara/Japan geboren. Er studierte an der Schola Cantorum Basiliensis mittelalterliche Zupfinstrumente bei Crawford Young, Laute bei Hopkinson Smith und Aufführungspraxis des 16. Jahrhunderts bei Anne Smith sowie Ästhetik an der Universität Tokio und Viola da gamba.

Als Gambist und Lautenist konzertierte er in Europa, Japan und den USA, mit Gruppen wie “La Morra”, dem Bach Collegium Japan u.a.

2013 gewann er den ersten Preis sowie den Publikumspreis beim Wettbewerb “Concorso Maurizio Pratola” in L’Aquila in der Kategorie Laute solo (ein zweiter Preis wurde nicht vergeben). Seine internationale Konzerttätigkeit schließt Lautenrezitale bei Festivals wie “Resonanzen” Wien, “Les journées du luth” Paris, “Fest für die Laute Wien”, “Internationales Festival der Laute” Bremen u.a. ein.

2007 erschien seine erste Solo-CD “Travels with my Lute” bei Musica Rediviva (MRCD-013), die in Kritiken wie dem Magazin “Gramophone” mit Lob bedacht wurde. Seine zweite Solo-CD erscheint in Kürze.

Ryosuke ist Mitglied des Lauten-Consorts „Delight in Disorder“ und der Ensembles „Il Zabaione Musicale“ (Schwerpunkt frühbarocke italienische Musik) und dem English Broken Consort „Queen’s Levels“. Er ist außerdem Gründungsmitglied des Ensembles “Il bell’humore”, das auf Musik des 16. Jahrhunderts spezialisiert ist.

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