Thomas Pietsch & Bob van Asperen
Baroqueviolin                          Harpsichord / Organ

The Duo

unites two well known experts of Early Music who since years successfully perform on international stages and who recorded continuously. Outstanding quality of their interpretations which show a wide research of sources are masterly skills, true play within the style and precision.


Thomas Pietsch is specialised in Ancient Music. The violinist concentrates especially on 17th and 18th century music. He gives concerts with different ensembles using historical instruments. His concerts show excellent violin skills, original research and wide knowledge of cultural civilization which lead to brilliantly clear and precise interpretations. He likes to work on more unknown and unedited works. Besides Thomas Pietsch is an excellent teacher.


   Born in Potsdam near Berlin Thomas Pietsch from being a pupil started to play on violins of different periods. During his studies of violin and sacred music at the conservatoires of East Berlin and Hamburg he gave concerts with instruments of elder and newer types. In 1980 he founded the Sanssouci Ensemble Hamburg – now Jupiter Ensemble Hamburg - and in 1986 the Capella Filarmonica Hamburg, both playing on instruments of the 18th century. Up to the mid 90th Thomas Pietsch gave many concerts with sonatas of the Viennese classical period accompanied by Edith Picht-Axenfeld, pianoforte, so they played all Beethoven Sonatas in Zurich. Since the late eighties Thomas Pietsch performs the complete duo-repertoire with his partners Bob van Asperen, harpsichord and Richard Fuller, pianoforte.

   From the beginning of his concert activities Thomas Pietsch is used to disk recordings, recordings at broadcasting stations and live recordings. On concert tours he played in nearly all western and eastern European countries, the United States, Israel and Argentina. He is frequently invited to play at festivals, for instance Schleswig Holstein Musikfestival, Greifswalder Bachwoche, Thüringer Bachwochen, Magdeburger Telemann-Tage, Göttinger Händelfestspiele.  


look as well:

Thomas Pietsch Violin solo | Duo Thomas Pietsch & Richard Fuller | Jupiter-Ensemble Hamburg | Cappella Filarmonica Hamburg

Harpsichord player / Organist

"He is one of the really great harpsichord players of our time"*: Bob van Asperen, since a long time is one of the leading musicians playing 17th and 18th century music. The harpsichord player, organist, clavichord player and conductor impresses with a very precise and present way of playing and visionary interpretations.


   In his hometown Amsterdam today Bob van Asperen is professor for harpsichord at the Sweelinck conservatory - that institution where he himself had studied harpsichord with Gustav Leonhardt and organ with Albert de Klerk. He passed both studies with distinction and since then he gave concerts in nearly all European countries, the United States, Australia and Japan. In concerts van Asperen  apears as a soloist and a accompanist with artists like Anner Bijlsma, Barthold Kuijken, Lucy van Dael or Thomas Pietsch. From time to time he is conducting baroque or classic orchestras. But his affinity for Ancient Music is shown clearly in his concert programs presenting to his audience reconstructions of some of Bach's works or dutch composers like Sweelinck, Padbrué or Sibrand van Noordt.

   Besides playing in many duo or ensemble recordings with Frans Brüggen, well known soloists, La Petite Bande, Quadro Hotteterre or the Leonhardt Consort, Bob van Asperen recorded about sixty solo CDs. Among those are many of Bach's works for keyed instruments, all concerts for harpsichord together with his ensemble Melante Amsterdam as well as the complete work by Johann Jacob Froberger on historical harpsichords and organs. Many of his recordings gained international awards like the Edison Award or the German Schallplattenpreis.

   Bob van Asperen regulary gives concerts at famous festivals like Schlweswig-Holstein-Musikfestival, the Rheingaufestival, the European weeks in Passau, the Bachtage in Berlin, the Festival Estival de Paris, Festival de Saintes, Festival del Clavicembalo Roma or Festival of Ancient Music Utrecht.

   Frequently Bob van Asperen teaches at summer academies and international master classes in Italy, Germany, France, United Kingdom and Canada.


* Bayerischer Rundfunk (Bavarian Radio and Television)


   BACH IN GOOD HANDS: With his baroque violin Thomas Pietsch ... accompanied by Bob van Asperen, one of the harpsichord-Grandseigneurs.

from: Kieler Nachrichten, progam: works by J. S. Bach


   Compositions of Bach "for the recréation of mind": Thomas Pietsch and Bob van Asperen gave a master concert ...  

from: Landeszeitung, program: works by J. S. Bach


   AN EVENING FULL OF DISCOVERIES: The harpsichord player Bob van Asperen and the baroque violinist Thomas Pietsch are experts on the field of historical performance practice of Ancient Music. Both are technical brilliant and masterly, their interpretation is guided by a moving nusic.

from: Die Welt, program: compositions of J. E. Bach, G. Ph. Telemann, C. Ph. E. Bach


   CONVINCING IMPRESSION OF INSTRUMENTAL VIRTUOSITY: Thomas Pietsch and Bob van Asperen were congenial interpreters who breathed life into the compositions with their expressive sense for music and easy virtuosity. 

from: Goslarer Zeitung, program: compositions of J. S. Bach, J. J. Walther, H. I. F. Biber, G. Muffat


   Almost a lesson in true playing 18th century's violin music was given in the Mozart room of Hamburg, ... and this lead to a most close listening. 

from: Die Welt, program: works by J. S. Bach, Ph. E. Bach


   When the applause started, the two virtuosos answered with an encore, ... a remarkable experience. 

from: Neue Westfälische Zeitung, program: compositions of J. S. Bach, G. Ph. Telemann, G. F. Händel, J. Duphly

Programmes   4


4Imagines naturae et religionis

4Violino in scordatura e accordatura









Thomas Pietsch & Bob van Asperen:


Violinvirtuosen des 17. Jahrhunderts

Biber - Walther (aus dem violinischen Lustgärtlein) - Böddecker

Christophorus CHR 77222

» Thomas Pietsch and Bob van Asperen succeeded to present a refreshingly lively and true in playing recording of baroque chamber music rarity.

    (Die Welt)

» This is an outstanding recording showing the extravagancy of 17th century music, always between moving expressiveness and noble demonstration, with permanent surprises. ... An auspicious CD with a  repertoire only a few know, but extremely pleasant.  

   (Reviewer, scored: ***** from 5 stars) 

Music Shortcuts H. I. F. Biber: Sonata a minor (Violin in Skordatur): Aria (mp3, 30 s, 211 KB)
H. I. F. Biber: Sonata a minor (Violin in Skordatur): Allegro (mp3, 40 s, 298 KB)
G. Muffat: Passacaglia g minor (mp3, 89 s, 615 KB)