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Kazuhiro Takagi

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. Since September 2000 he has been a student of Yuko Mori at the Chicago College of Performing Arts.

Mr. 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, including many festivals. He has won prizes in the Queen Elisabeth International Music Competition, 54th Geneva International Music Competition and Aoyama Music Award of Kyoto Baroque Saal (1997). As first violinist of the Eusia String Quartet, he received first prize in the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition in May 2001. He is currently guest concertmaster of the Kyoto Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra, the Osaka College Opera House Orchestra and the Hiroshima Symphony Orchestra. He is a member of the Nagaoka-kyo Chamber Ensemble and Izumi Sinfonietta in Osaka. He served as concertmaster of the Chicago Civic Orchestra for the 2001-2002 season.




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