Takako Takahashi who is a prize winner of the Chopin International Piano Competition is one of the most gifted pianists at present.
She graduated from the Toho Gakuen College of Music and graduated from the Warsaw-Chopin Academy of Music with honors. She studied with prof. Jan Ekier, Nobuyoshi Kato and Koji Shimoda. She also worked with distinguished pianists such as Viktor Merzhanov and Halina Czerny-Stefanska. Currently she is a professor at the Toho Gakuen College of Music.
In 1989 she won the 2nd prize and the Contemporary Music Best Performance Award at the Porto International Piano Competition in Portugal and the 1st prize at the Radziwill International Piano Competition in Antonin, Poland. In 1990 she won the 5th prize at the Chopin International Piano Competition in Warsaw. In 1995 she won the Japan Chopin Society Award for the best Chopin Recital 1995.
Performing activities of Takako Takahashi are covered almost all Europe and Japan. She also appeared many times at world-renowned international music festivals. Takahashi Takako is performing with the orchestras of various countries including the National Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra. In Japan she has performed with numerous major orchestras including Tokyo Philharmonic, Nippon Philharmonic, New Japan Philharmonic, Kyoto City Symphony, Ensemble Kanazawa, Sendai Philharmonic and Hyogo Performing Arts Center Orchestra.
Takako Takahashi already released 18 titles of CDs from Octavia Records, EMI, Pony Canyon and Victor. Especially 6 titles of CD series “Voyage de CHOPIN” (Octavia) are acclaimed. Also CDs of the Russian program such as Mussorgsky:Pictures of exhibition, Rachmaninov:Piano Sonata No. 2, Moment Musicaux and Prokofiev:Sonata No. 7 are highly appreciated.
Since 2006 Takako Takahashi has also worked as a piano duo unit “Duo Grace” with Rika Miyatani. CDs of Duo Grace such as Stravinsky:Petrushka, Saint-Saëns:Le carnaval des animaux, Rachmaninov:Suite No.2 and Lutoslawski:Variations on a theme by Paganini are also highly valued.
In 2015 TakakoTakahashi gave a big topic by showing the DVD performance in “Chopin’s book” (Ongakuno-Tomo publications).