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Emma Murphy (recorders) & Asako Morikawa (viol).

  • The Ascension Church 134 Timbercroft Lane, London, SE18 2SG United Kingdom (map)

Solo fantasias for recorder and viola da gamba by G. P. Telemann
Solos and duet for recorder and viol by David Loeb


Emma Murphy graduated from Birmingham University with a First Class (Hons) degree in Music University of London/Trinity College of Music with Distinction in her Masters degree. She studied recorder with Philip Thorby and Ashley Solomon. Emma has won numerous prizes including the Hanham Clarke Prize, Roland Gregory Prize and awards from the Countess of Munster and Foundation for Sport and the Arts.

Emma has performed and recorded with some of the UK’s leading period groups, including The King’s Consort, Gabrieli Consort & Players and Ex Cathedra as well as with the BBC Singers, BC Symphony Orchestra and CBSO under Emmanuelle Haim and Giovanni Antonini.

She plays with numerous chamber music groups including the renaissance group, Philomel and baroque trio, Da Camera and gives solo recitals with either lute, theorbo, harpsichord, marimba, guitar, viola d’amore or viol.

As well as early music, Emma has a keen interest in contemporary music, both as a solo performer and with other instruments, and has taken part in the acclaimed Park Lane Group New Year Series at the Southbank.

Emm directs and teaches on various course in the UK and Ireland. Emma has also written and presented on BBC Radio 3’s Early Music Show, and continues with her own research and writing.

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Asako Morikawa started playing viola da gamba when she was 13 years old, but studied violin initially in the Toho Gakuen Music High School in Tokyo. She then continued her studies at the Toho Gakuen School of Music as a student of viola da gamba with Tetsuya Nakano. In 1988 she moved to Holland to further her studies with Wieland Kuijken at the Royal Conservatorium in The Hague where she received her soloists Diploma in 1993 and then studied baroque violin with Thomas Albert at the Hochschule fur Kunste Bremen. As a baroque violinist she has played with Bremen Baroque Orchestra, Musikalische Campagney and Music Fiata.


Asako Morikawa has been a member of the viol consort Fretwork since 2004. She has performed throughout the United States, Canada, South America, Europe, Japan, Russia and Australia with artists including Ton Koopman, the Amsterdam Concertgebouw Orchestra, Simon Standage’s Collegium Musicum 90, Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra, Charivari Agreable, the English Concert, the King's Consort and Phantasm.

Asako Morikawa is Artistic Director of Folkestone Early Music.