As a maker, aim for higher everyday...
Kensuke Akaogi was born in Yuki City, Ibaraki prefecture in 1985. Yuki City has a tradition of nearly 1000 years, and its specialty goods Yuki Tsumugi is celebrated as UNESCO World Intangible Cultural Heritage. I spent my boyhood in the old city where many traditional craftworks were produced and lots of craftsmen lived in. I have been played the violin from when I was boy, but my interest gradually headed towards structure of the instrument itself. At that time, I was dreaming of becoming a string instrument maker.
In the meantime, I went on to university and major in cell biology. At that time, I started playing the violin and viola in an orchestra and deepened my insight into music. I also conducted research on cell biology at the graduate school and obtained Research Fellowships for Young Scientists from the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science. Although it was a very busy period, while keep playing musical instruments, I did also many experiments and proceed research vigorously and obtained PhD.
After graduation, I work as a researcher of a major chemical company in japan, but I cannot abandon my passion for making string instruments. Therefore, I started making the instruments by going to violin making course.
Up to now, I have kept in touch with many domestic and oversea's stringed instrument makers, and visited Cremona several times to exchange information. I am seeking the way of ideal stringed instrument making that I am aiming for.