Kazuhiro Takagi
violin | Japan, °1972
 
Kazuhiro Takagi was born in Osaka, Japan, and began to study the violin at the age of 6. While in junior high school and high school, he won several local and regional competitions. Following his graduation from Kitano Prefectural High School in Osaka, he entered the Deuxieme Academie de Musique Francaise de Kyoto where he was a pupil of Pierre Dukan. He was later admitted to the Conservatoire National Superieur in Lyon, France, and studied under Yuko Mori and Eduard Wulfson. After graduating from the Violin Department of the Conservatoire, he studied with Eduard Schmieder at Southern Methodist University and Yuko Mori at the Chicago College of Performing Arts.

Kazuhiro Takagi has performed widely as a soloist, chamber musician and orchestral player in Japan, and has given concerts in the United States and Europe as well. He has been invited world-widely and regularly in festivals such as Oulunsalo Music Festival in Finland, Izumi Summer Music Festival in Japan and etc. He has won 3rd prize in the 54th Geneva International Music Competition, the Aoyama Music Award (1997), the Osaka Cultural Grand Award and Award of the Best Young Artist of the Year from the Cultural Minister of Japan (2005). As first violinist of the Eusia String Quartet, he received first prize in the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition in May 2001.

He plays regularly as guest concertmaster in many orchestras in Japan such as the Osaka Philharmony Orchestra, Osaka Symfoniker Orchestra, Hyogo Performing Arts Center Orchestra, Tokyo Symphony Orchestra etc. He also shows his variety of his activity in club music as the violinist of A HUNDRED BIRDS lead by DJ YOKU and released many CDs. As a member of Eusia String Quartet, he has made concert tours in the United States regularly. He served as concertmaster of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago for the 2001-2002 season and the 1st concertmaster of the Wuerttembergische Philharmonie Reutlingen in Germany from November 2002 to February 2006.

He is currently the Special Guest Concertmaster of Yamagata Symphony Orchestra, Principal Guest Concertmaster of Osaka Century Orchestra and a member of the Nagaoka-kyo Chamber Ensemble and Izumi Sinfonietta in Osaka.
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