Violin TAKEZAWA Kyoko


Emotional power, musical sensitivity flawless technique and a tone remarkable for its haunting beauty are the qualities that have established Kyoko Takezawa as one of the foremost violin virtuoso of her generation.  Her musicianship and virtuosity have made her a commanding presence on the world’s concert platforms.

Takezawa has performed with many of the world’s leading orchestras, including New York Philharmonic, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Philadelphia Orchestra, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Cleveland Orchestra, Montreal Orchestra, London Symphony, Dresden Staatskapelle, Leipzig Gewandhaus, and NHK Symphony. She has collaborated with the most distinguished conductors, including Seiji Ozawa, Kent Nagano, Sir Colin Davis, Michael Tilson Thomas, Wolfgang Sawallisch, Kurt Masur, Sir Neville Marriner, Leonard Slatkin, Charles Dutoit, Sir Andrew Davis, and Tadaaki Otaka. In addition, she has been invited to the outstanding international festivals, such as those in Aspen, La Jolla, and Lucerne.

Takezawa’s chamber music performances have also drawn high praises.  As co-director of the Suntory Hall Festival Soloists of Suntory Hall in Tokyo, she has collaborated with Isaac Stern Yo-Yo Ma, Wolfgang Sawallisch (as pianist), Josef Suk and other distinguished artists. In 2007, Takezawa started 3-year-continuous recital series for celebrating her 20th anniversary since her debut.

In 2009, her concerts have included a tour of the complete Brahms Violin Sonatas tour in Japan to celebrate the 20th anniversary of her performing career. In January 2010, Takezawa’s performance of the Berg Violin Concerto with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra for their subscription concerts was widely praised, with one critic saying she “understood throughout the deeply inward and personal nature of the piece. She should come back soon.“