In June 2010 C. Doll did a lecture as a part of the Faculty Development (FD) projects of the string department of the Musashino Academia Musicae in Tokyo/Japan. The subject was the history of the violoncello.

At several conferences later that year the school encouraged teachers to do some academic research and to apply for  a government grant. On one occasion it was directly suggested to Doll to do so by continuing his research from his previous FD project. Doll considered this suggestion and decided, after several discussions with his colleague Minori Yamazaki, to try to find some new insights about the problems of playing the Bach cello suites on a Stradivari-type cello, especially the 6th suite, which was originally written for a five string instrument.

During the next year Doll and Yamazaki produced a detailed report of what they intended to apply for and presented it to the project advisors at Musashino. They encouraged the team to go ahead with the application and gave invaluable advice concerning the rather complicated procedures.

The team succeeded to meet the application deadline for the 2013 grants in the fall of 2012.

Surprisingly the project was approved in April 2013.

This site shows our proceedings over the years 2013, 2014 and 2015.


We want to express our gratitude to the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science and the Musashino Academia Musicae, especially to Mr. Kazuhiro Kaneko for his tremendous help with the countless necessary formalities.

Further thanks go to violin maker Yoshio Ueda for agreeing to participate in our project and to Ayumi Kimura for designing and monitoring this homepage.


Clemens Doll

Tokyo, Spring 2014

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    Clemens Doll was born in Karlsruhe, Germany. After he won first prize at the German Youth Music Competition he began his studies at the Hochschule für Musik in Stuttgart with R. Gleissner, later at the Hochschule für Musik in Karlsruhe with M. Ostertag, and, with a DAAD scholarship, at the University of Minnesota with T. Remenikova. He has successfully participated in various national and international competitions.  Since 1991 he is teaching at the School of Music Musashino Academia Musicae in Tokyo/Japan.In 2009 he co-founded the cello ensemble ANTIQUITAS that since then has appeared in a regular concert series.