Ensemble Ricreation d’Arcadia was formed by four leading Japanese musicians who regularly play with several baroque ensembles and orchestras in both Europe and Japan. The group’s aim is to explore the diverse instrumental and vocal music of the 17th and 18th centuries, particularly focusing on the vast repertoire for the “trio sonata”. In 2004 they won the first prize at “Premio Bonporti” (President of Jury: Gustav Leonhardt) and also received the Audience prize and ORF recording prize.
30 September 2007
Takashi Watanabe (Harpsichord, Organ & Conducting)
Takashi Watanabe was born in Nagano, Japan, in 1975. He graduated from Tokyo College of Music (Piano major) and also finished the postgraduate course of Tohō Gakuen School of Music (Harpsichord major). He started studying harpsichord at the age of 20. Two years later he won the prize of Early Music competition in Japan. Since then, he was awarded different other prizes at several competitions. He is active in both harpsichord and organ solo player and also as a continuo player of many ensembles.
In 2002 he moved to Europe to study with Bob van Asperen at the Conservatory of Amsterdam. Now he is living in Pavia, Italy, to study historical organ with Lorenzo Ghielmi at the Scuole Civiche di Milano, and made his diploma in 2010. He took part in various summer courses, such as in Antwerp (J. van Inmmerseel) and Sant Feliu de Guíxols (P. Hantaï).
In 2004, he founded “Ensemble Ricreation d’Arcadia” (2 violins, violoncello and harpsichord) to explore the diverse instrumental music and vocal music of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, particularly focusing on the vast repertoire for the “trio sonata”. In 2004, they won the first prize at “Premio Bonporti” (president of Jury: Gustav Leonhardt)” in Rovereto, Italy and also received the Audience prize and the ORF recording prize. Since 2005, they have been invited to numerous early music festivals in Italy, Austria and Slovenia including these festivals: Musica e poesia a San Maurizio (Milano), Accademia Filarmonica (Bologna), Associazione Filarmonica (Rovereto), Amici della Musica (Milano), Festival di Brežice (Slovenia), Festival Internazionale di Musica Antica (Urbino), Grandezze & Meraviglie (Modena), Trento Musicantica (Trento), Nuove Settimane di Musica Barocca (Brescia), INNtöne festival and Internationale Barocktage Stift Melk, etc.
In 2006, he won the prize “Cembalosonderpreis” at the 3rd International Viola da Gamba Competition Bach-Abel 2006, Köthen, Germany. He was one of the finalists of the 2nd Sweelinck competition 2007, Amsterdam. He got the third prize at the Fano Adriano International organ competition 2010 (Italy).
He gave organ concerts on several historical organs such as Norden, Dornum, Erfurt (Michaeliskirche), Grossengottern, Halle (Marktkirche), Tangermünde and Milano (Basilica di San Simpliciano and Chiesa di Sant’Alessandro), etc.
Takashi Watanabe is also active as a conductor of the “Handel Festival Japan (HFJ)” in Tokyo. Since 2003-2008 he has conducted Acis and Galatea, La Resurrezione, The choice of Hercules, Hercules,Tamerlano and some Concerti grossi by G. F. Handel, which were received with great praise.
He has been playing with Rudolf Leopold, Enrico Onofri, Gunar Letzbor, Enrico Gatti, Vittorio Ghielmi, Lorenzo Ghielmi (in his recording of F. Feo, Passacaille 964), La Divina Armonia (L. Ghielmi), Ensemble Cordia (S. Veggetti), Ensemble Zefiro (A. Bernardini), Theatrum Affectuum, Collegium Marianum, La Venexiana (C. Cavina) and Il complesso barocco (A. Curtis), etc.
From 2008 to 2009, Ricreation d’Arcadia made three recordings with ORF (works by F. A. Bonporti, G.F. Handel, A. Corelli and H. I. F. von Biber). The CDs, works by Handel [ORF CD 3085] and works by F. A. Bonporti [ORF CD 3103], will be released soon..
In 2011, he was chosen one of the juries at Premio Bonporti. In June 2012, his first solo CD J.S. Bach’s “Goldberg Variations” was released from ALM RECORDS [ALCD-1130] which won the prizes in several CD reviews.
リクレアツィオン・ダルカディアとしてORFレーベル (オーストリア) よりメルク国際古楽週間のオムニバスCD [ORF Edition Alte Musik CD 3034] がリリースされているほか、ヘンデル、ボンポルティ、コレッリ（メルク国際音楽週間との共同制作）の作品集で３枚のＣＤをリリース予定。また、テアトゥルム・アフェクトゥムとしてＣＤをモロックス・レーベル（オランダ）からリリースした（国内版はキングレコード）。 ２０１１年１０月にイタリア、ロヴェレートで行われたボンポルティ国際古楽コンクール（アンサンブル部門）において審査員を務めた。２０１２年６月に初ソロCDとなるJ.S.バッハの『ゴルトベルク変奏曲』をリリースし、レコード芸術特選など幅広い評価を得た。