The Japanese lutenist Asako Ueda began playing the violin when she was five years old. She studied the violin at Toho Gakuen High School and Toho Gakuen College of Music in Japan. After finishing her Bachelor’s, she continued at her college to study the Baroque violin and composition. She started playing the lute while in college. In 2016, she gave her first lute and theorbo solo recital. Later that year, she moved to the Netherlands to study the lute and theorbo at the Royal Conservatory of The Hague with Mike Fentross and Joachim Held and completed the Bachelor’s, graduating with the highest achievable marks. She has been granted the Excellence Scholarship of the Royal Conservatory of the Hague, allowing her to continue to the Master’s.
She is a member of IJ SPACE (Taiwan), Petits Violons (Japan), Ensemble Irene (Japan) and Maarten Engeltjes & PRJCT Amsterdam (Holland). She founded a duo “Sponte Sua” with Pablo Sosa in 2018. She won the first prize at the Biagio Marini Competition (Germany) and the third prize at the International Van Wassenaer Competition (Holland), both times with IJ SPACE. In 2019, she established herself not only as an ensemble player but now also as a prominent soloist, giving solo recitals on theorbo at the Luitdag of the Dutch Lute Society (Holland), and on Renaissance lute at Dag van het Kasteel (Holland).
Pablo was born in 1991 in San Cristóbal de La Laguna, Tenerife. He started to study flute in the conservatory of Santa Cruz de Tenerife, where he finished his Intermediate degree with Catherine Biteur with honors and special award. In 2009 he was admitted in the Royal Conservatory of Madrid. He studied with Manuel Rodríguez Arribas and he graduated in 2013 with honors. In 2013 he was admitted for the Early Music Performance Master in Barcelona, where he studied traverso with Marc Hantai. In June 2017 he finished the master course of baroque and classical flute in the Koninklijk Conservatorium Den Haag with Wilbert Hazelzet and Kate Clark with honors and distinction.
He has played with several early music orchestras, such us: Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century, Australian Romantic and Classical Orchestra, Les Musiciens du Prince, Bach Orchestra and Choir of the Netherlands, Balthasar Neumann Orchestra, Armonia Atenea or Luthers Bach Ensemble. He takes part of different chamber music ensembles, such us Sponte Sua, Academia de los Afectos or The Goldfinch Ensemble – who got the first prize in the Internationale Händel Festspiele Göttingen Competition in 2016 and the second prize in the International Early Music Competition in Loire Valley in 2015. He has played with this ensembles in several early music festivals such us: Festival d’Ambronay, Festival de Sablé, Festival di Natale Pavia, Festival de Saintes, York Early Music Festival among others.