Kazutaka Takahashi, Violine Born in Tokyo in 1979, Kazutaka Takahashi began the violin at the age of four. He studied violin, chamber music and orchestra at the Toho Gakuen School of Music and the Konservatorium Wien under Tsugio Tokunaga, Alexander Arenkow, Tibor Kovac, Julian Rachlin and Altenberg Trio. His other teachers included Isaac Stern, Gyorgy Pauk, Gerard Poulet, Boris Kuschnir, Vladimir Spivakov and Viktor Tretiakov.

Kazutaka Takahashi graduated with Bachelor of Music in 2002 with the highest score of the year and he won the NTT-DoCoMo Prize for the best university graduate of the year. He was awarded scholarships from the Yasuda Life Cultural Foundation and the Ministry of Arts and Culture of Japan.

Kazutaka Takahashi won the 2 prizes at the Student Music Concourse of Japan, Tokyo preliminary, elementary level and junior high school level. He won the special prize at the 7th Pablo Sarasate International Violin Competition in 2003 and semifinalist at the 7th Carl Nielsen International Violin Competition and the 59th Geneva International Violin Competition in 2004.

Kazutaka Takahashi made his stage debut as a soloist with the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra at the age of twelve. As a soloist, he has since appeared with Orchestras included among Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra and Sakura Chamber Orchestra Wien. He has appeared in important concert halls, e.g.: Suntory Hall Tokyo, Tokyo Opera City, Casals Hall Tokyo and Stainway Hall New York.

As a chamber musician and an orchestra player, Kazutaka Takahashi has appeared with many distinguished musicians, e.g.: Martha Argerich, Julian Rachlin, Alexander Rabinovic, Oli Mustonen, Seiji Ozawa, Mustislav Rostropovich, Lorin Maazel and Charles Dutoit.

As a concertmaster and an orchestra player, Kazutaka Takahashi has appeared with many orchestras. He took part in the summer academy of Vienna Philharmonic in 2007. Since 2008 he takes on the position of concertmaster of the Morphing Vienna Chamber Orchestra, Orpheus Academy Orchestra and Beethoven Symphony Orchestra Vienna. He is also a member of Miyazaki International Festival Orchestra and Saito Kinen Orchestra.


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