Reiko Tsuiki began studying the modern flute at the Toho Gakuen School of Music in Tokyo, under the tutelage of Soichi Minegishi. During her studies, Reiko found her way into the world of historical flutes with Masahiro Arita as her guide. This was the beginning of a new way of thinking and playing. After completing her bachelor degree in Japan, Reiko decided to further her interest in historical flutes and music making. In order to do this, she moved to the Netherlands where she studied with Barthold Kuijken at the Royal Conservatory of the Hague. After only three years, Reiko received a bachelor and a Masters degree in early music.

 

In her spare time, Reiko plays chamber music and is doing further research into the history of flute music, the instruments of their periods and the techniques that went with those particular instruments. This study has resulted in many concerts, the most recent with a 19th century Erard piano and a Böhm-flute from the same period. To show the diversity and history of the flute, Reiko has done concerts performing music from the Renaissance until the music of late Romantic period with composers such as P. Hindemith and C. Debussy, playing and showing up to 7 different instruments from 400 years of music history.

 

Reiko has been recognised in Japan and Europe with awards in prestigious competitions. She received the “Overseas Study Programme Scholarship” from the Japanese Government in 2008, the third prize at the International Music Competition Bruges and received the Bärenreiter prize at the 5th International Telemann Competition in Magdeburg. Reiko has performed with many orchestras such as Bach Collegium Japan, Les Boreades, The Wallfisch band, The Bach choir and orchestra of the Netherlands and Le Parnasse Francais and she has worked with conductors such as Masaaki Suzuki, Ryo Terakado, Walter van Hauwe and Gustav Leonhardt to name a few.