"Modestly tender, whispering, unbridled sometimes in almost an orgy of sound, beautiful vibrato, devilish pieces on original baroque violin."
Tomoe Badiarova, a Japanese violinist, stands as a distinguished figure in the world of period performance. She is celebrated for her exceptional versatility, shining as a soloist, chamber musician, and orchestral leader. Her repertoire spans from the Early Baroque to the Late Romantic era, and she excels on both Baroque and Romantic violins, as well as the viola and violoncello da spalla.
Based in The Hague, The Netherlands, Tomoe's schedule for the 2023/24 concert season is filled with performances across the Netherlands, featuring collaborations with PRJCT Amsterdam, Nieuw Bach Ensemble, and Erik Bosgraaf. A prolific performer and a vital member of various European ensembles, Tomoe (pronounced Toh-Moh-Eh) has graced the stage as the concertmaster of the Bremer Barockorchester (BBO), collaborating with exceptional guest soloists, including Dmitry Sinkovsky, Midori Seiler, and Leila Schayegh. As a soloist, she contributed to the highly acclaimed album 'BACH to the Roots!'—BBO's debut CD, showcasing the rarely performed virtuosic J.S. Bach's violin concerto BWV1052R.
Recently, Tomoe took the lead as the leader of the 2nd orchestra and as a soloist in J.S. Bach’s St. Matthew Passion, collaborating with the Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra under the direction of Ton Koopman. This memorable event culminated in a captivating live recording for Dutch national TV.
Her collaboration with the ensemble Los Temperamentos, renowned for their expertise in Latin-American baroque music, highlighted her talents on both the violin and the rare violoncello da spalla as a Basso Continuo in the captivating album, “Entre Dos Tiempos” (2019).
Tomoe’s performance of Telemann’s viola concerto with BBO has received resounding applause, underscoring her diverse skill set.
A pivotal moment in her career was her role as the founding member and first violinist of Les Esprits Animaux. In 2016, the group achieved an extraordinary feat by securing all four prizes at the Van Wassenaer Competition, including the 1st prize, press awards, youth awards, and early music season awards. This achievement led to a fully booked agenda across the Netherlands, Belgium, France, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Germany, Estonia, Poland, Switzerland, and Japan, as well as the production of three albums.
In 2011, as the 1st violinist of the Den Haag Piano Quintet, Tomoe performed in the Netherlands and Japan at prestigious venues like the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Minatomirai, and Hakuju Hall, in addition to participating in a live recording for a Japanese national TV program. Tomoe collaborates with leading ensembles and orchestras across Europe and beyond. She has shared the stage with luminaries such as Ton Koopman and the Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra, Sigiswald Kuijken and La Petite Band, the Lutherse Bach Ensemble under Tymen Jan Bronda, Ensemble Postscript led by Artem Belogurov, PRJCT Amsterdam with Maarten Engletjes, Apollo Ensemble with David Rabinovich, Ensemble Odyssee led by Andrea Friggi, and Ensemble Corvento with Erik Bosgraaf, among others. Born into a non-musical family in Japan, Tomoe embarked on her musical journey at the tender age of 3. She received her early training at Toho University of Music, one of Japan's most prestigious music universities, studying with Takayoshi Wanami. Additionally, she honed her skills as a Baroque violinist under the guidance of Ryo Terakado, both in Japan and at the Royal Conservatoire in The Hague. Tomoe's performances are elevated by the exceptional violins, viola, and violoncello da spalla, as well as bows made by her husband, Dmitry Badiarov, in The Hague.
Tomoe Badiarova, a versatile Japanese violinist, shines as a soloist, chamber musician, and orchestra leader. Her repertoire spans from the early Baroque to the late Romantic period on both Baroque and Romantic violins, viola, and violoncello da spalla.
As a soloist, she recorded the rarely performed virtuosic violin concerto BWV1052R by J.S. Bach on an album with the Bremer Barockorchester. Her ensemble, Les Esprits Animaux, achieved an extraordinary feat by winning all four prizes at the Van Wassenaer Competition in 2016, including the 1st prize, press awards, youth awards, and early music season awards.
Based in The Hague, Netherlands, Tomoe is a key member of various European ensembles. She has excelled as a concertmaster with the Bremer Barockorchester (BBO), led the second orchestra, and performed as a soloist in J.S. Bach’s Matthäus Passion with the Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra. She has showcased her talent with the ensemble Los Temperamentos, playing the violin and the rare violoncello da spalla as the Basso Continuo.
Tomoe has shared the stage with various groups, including the Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra, La Petite Band, the Lutherse Bach Ensemble, Ensemble Postscript, PRJCT Amsterdam, Apollo Ensemble, Collegium Vocale Gent, Ensemble Odyssee, and Ensemble Corvento, among others.
She plays violins, viola, and violoncello da spalla, using bows crafted by Dmitry Badiarov in The Hague.