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Lecture: History Of The Instruments - From The Flutist's Point Of View

  • Steven Baxter Recital Studio YST Conservatory 117376 Singapore (map)

LILIKO MAEDA, flute/presenter


As mankind keeps evolving, instruments keep evolving. But is it true that instruments have improved and become better? The instruments which Bach knew were different from what we now know. Bach knew all the good and bad points of his contemporary instruments, and he composed the pieces which are the most suitable for them. Instruments have been changed in conformity with social development. Therefore, we have to know these instruments and their performing customs in order to perform the music as Bach imagined. In this lecture, we learn the history of the development of instruments, wind instruments in particular, and the performance customs of the Baroque period.


Liliko Maeda won the first prize in the flute category of All Japan Student's Music Competition (Western Japan) while she learned the modern flute under Shinya Koide.

Shortly afterwards, she took up the baroque flute, and went to study at the Toho Gakuen School of Music with Masahiro Arita. She continued her studies at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague with Wilbert Hazelzet and Barthold Kuijken. In 1996, she won the first prize at International Competition for Early Music YAMANASHI. In 1999, she was awarded the second prize (highest prize for flute) at the Brugge Early Music Competition.

Liliko is active in performing and recording with various flutes from medieval times to the 19th century as a soloist as well as a member of Soffio Armonico and Bach Collegium Japan.

Liliko’s strong interest on the flute history lead her to write a book “History of the flute – a portrait”, published by TOKYO SHOSEKI.

She teaches at the Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music.


• Free admission.
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• Out of respect for other concertgoers, no children under 6 years of age will be allowed admission.

Earlier Event: January 30
Wednesday Noon Recital