Takashi Tsunoda studied lute at the Staatliche Hochschule für Musik Köln, Germany,
graduating in 1976. In addition to work as a soloist on baroque and renaissance lutes, he has
been in constant demand as an accompanist of song, early opera and chamber music. He has
performed, broadcast and recorded extensively, making a special study of the works of John
Dowland and Claudio Monteverdi.

Takashi directs the period instrument ensemble "Tablatura", which has enjoyed public
adulation from its conception through its uniquely eclectic approach, performing music from
a diversity of styles and periods. He has led the ensemble on numerous tours worldwide.

His own recording label, "Pardon", specializes in early song and lute music, and its releases to date have further endeared music lovers to this charismatic performer.


Mutsumi Hatano and Takashi Tsunoda began performing the lute songs of John Dowland
together in 1990, and since then have never failed to enrapture audiences with their unique
combination of Mutsumi's clear, expressive voice and the delicacy of Takashi's lute
accompaniment, overflowing with emotion. In addition to the Dowland songs and other old
English songs, their repertoire spans the renaissance to the baroque, including Italian
madrigals, French air de cour and Spanish songs with vihuela accompaniment, and to each a
new charm and vitality is introduced.

Mutsumi and Takashi tour their native Japan extensively and their interpretations are available on many CD recordings, which constantly enjoy critical acclaim in the press and are the
recipients of numerous awards.

In addition to his work with Mutsumi, Takashi Tsunoda also directs and performs with the
period instrument ensembles "Ensemble Ecclesia" and "Tablatura". With the latter, between
1994 and 1997, he was sponsored by the Japan Foundation to tour in Canada, Egypt, Italy,
Austria, India and Pakistan etc. In 1998, again with assistance from the Japan Foundation,
Takashi toured with Mutsumi in Germany and Britain to considerable public acclaim.

International Performances

*Lute song duo

[2005 June ] London
[2001 JulyÅ`August ] Warwick //Leominster//Cambridge//Newbury// London//Lincoln
[1999 June ] Cheltenham // Warwick //Leominster// London
[1998 September ] Köln // Aachen // Kassel // Leominster //London


[2002 November] Concerts in Koria
[1997 November] India's 50th Independence Anniversary Concert
[1996 January] Giappone in Italia series held in the four major cites in Italy
[Milano // Firenze // Venezia // Roma]
[1994 July] Quebec International Summer Festival
[1994 July] Lanaudiere International Festival in Canada


[1986 June] Köln // Saarbrücken etc.