Nobody knows exactly what instrument J. S. Bach had in mind when composing (and, in some cases, arranging) his many pieces now considered to be for lute; indeed, some of these works are all but unplayable on any known variety of Baroque lute, and it may well be that in these cases he was writing for a peculiar device known as the Lautenwerck--a kind of harpsichord mechanism designed to approximate the timbre of the lute.
Yasunori Imamura was born in Osaka, Japan. He studied lute with Eugen Dombois and Hopkinson Smith at the Schola Cantorum in Basel, where he received his soloist’s diploma in 1981. Subsequently, he worked on interpretation and bass continuo with Ton Koopman and Johann Sonnleitner. Yasunori Imamura is one of those rare lute players who is just as in demand as a soloist as he is for his continuo playing. He has appeared at numerous international festivals in Europe and the Far East.
His recordings have received excellent reviews in various audio magazines and the Weiss CD by Claves was awarded the “Diapason d’Or” prize by French Diapason Magazine in July-August 2006.