Fons Harmonicus consists of Trio form by its main members, Asuka (baroque violin), Panos (early keyboards) and Maximiliano (baroque cello), and for each program they invite several featuring artists.
Asuka Sumi, baroque violin, musical direction
In 2013, Asuka Sumi won the Biber Competition’s “Romanus Weichlein Prize,” marking her as an up-and-coming Baroque violinist. Asuka maintains a strong interest in the historical development of violin technique in the 17th century, and is engaged in continual investigation of the ‘Late seicento violin music in Bologna and Modena.’
Under the guidance of her father, the violin pedagogue Yasuro Sumi, she began to study historical performance on period instruments, subsequently obtaining degrees from the Tokyo Geijutsu Daigaku (Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music, 2008 and 2012). Since 2009, she has been resident in Holland, studying at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam, under Lucy van Dael and Sophie Gent, finishing her Master program with high result in June 2014.
Besides her active participation in many orchestras — including Holland Baroque Society, Niewe Philharmonic Utrecht and a leading position in Academia Montis Regalis (I Giovanni) — she is playing a significant role in the formation of young chamber music groups in continental Europe. In addition to her activity with Fons Harmonicus, Asuka has worked intensively with the Seconda Pratica group in competitive residencies in Ambronay (2014 & 2015), Portugal and Slovenia, and recorded with Ensemble Odyssee. She also appears as a soloist with the Amsterdam Corelli Collective and performs regularly in Baroque concerts in Japan. With those groups and as a soloist, she has been invited to perform in diverse and prestigious venues in Utrecht, Brussels, Innsbruck, Basel, Torino, Tokyo and Seoul.
She has studied baroque violin with Natsumi Wakamatsu, Lucy van Dael, Sophie Gent, Shunske Sato and chamber music with Masaaki Suzuki, Sigiswald Kuijken, Alfredo Bernardini and other pioneers.
Panos Iliopoulos was born in 1984 in Greece, where he studied piano,music theory, and musicology at the National University of Athens.
He continued his studies in composition with Prof. Dr. Sidney Corbett and piano with Prof. Paul Dan at the University of Music and Performing Arts Mannheim, where he is currently pursuing his PhD in musicology under Prof. Dr. Michael Polth. He studied harpsichord at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam, where he continues his Masters studies on early keyboard instruments in combination with contemporary music specialisation (among others with Menno van Delft, Richard Egarr, Miklós Spányi, Berend van der Berg, Thérèse de Goede and Goska Isphording).
Further training includes scholarships for numerous courses and master-classes for early music (such as Händel-Akademie Karlsruhe) and contemporary and electronic music (such as at the Experimental studio of the SWR in Freiburg).
As a composer and performer of both modern and historical keyboard instruments, Panos has participated in many concerts and music theatre projects around Europe, including Greece, Germany, Holland, Austria, Spain and Italy. Recent highlights include the chamber opera “Echt?” at the National theater Mannheim, and the interdisciplinary project “Schattentrios”, combining jazz and contemporary music with live electronics and video, which won the public’s prize at the “Open Mind” competition in Germany.
Maximiliano started his musical studies from the age of nine in his home town, Málaga.
He subsequently obtained a superior degree with distinction mark at Conservatorio Superior de Música de Málagahe in 2008, and started his bachelor study in Conservatorium van Amsterdam with Maarten Mostert. During his study, a strong interest for early music led him to start baroque cello with Viola de Hoog, and the opportunity of constant advice from Anna Bijlsma encouraged his enthusiasm for historical performance. He obtained bachelor degree on 2012, and was accepted in master program for both on modern and baroque cello. Currently, he works on the research about ‘development of violoncello repertoire in 17th century Bologna’ and earned his master degree in 2014.
He joins many baroque ensembles and orchestra as basso continuo player, such as Sweelink Baroque Orchestra dir. by Sigiswald Kuijken and Nieuwe Philharmonic Utrecht and at the same time he was chosen for the member of NedPhO academy 2013-14 as modern cello player.
He has received lessons by great cello players such as Dmitry Ferschtman, Anssi Kartunen, Giovanni Sollima and Michel Strauss.