Artist Bio

Kyoko Takezawa, violin

Since winning the gold medal at the Second Quadrennial International Violin Competition in Indianapolis in 1986, violinist Kyoko Takezawa has performed with major orchestras worldwide such as the New York Philharmonic, the Boston and Chicago Symphonies, the Philadelphia and Cleveland Orchestras, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, and the London, Bavarian Radio, Berlin Radio, NDR, and NHK Symphonies and has collaborated with many distinguished conductors including Seiji Ozawa, Sir Colin Davis, Michael Tilson Thomas, David Zinman, Alan Gilbert, David Robertson, Wolfgang Sawallisch, Charles Dutoit, Marek Janowski, and Sir Andrew Davis. She has given recitals at major venues internationally and participated at festivals such as Aspen, Ravinia, La Jolla, BBC Proms, and Lucerne. She has received invitations from the La Folle Journée Festival in France and Japan, Suntory’s Chamber Music Garden project, the Casals Festival in Prades, and La Jolla SummerFest. She was a jury member of the Indianapolis Violin Competition, Menuhin International Violin Competition, Isang Yun Competition in Korea, and Marguerite Long Thibaud Violin Competition in France. Most recently, her new CD of Brahms’s complete violin sonatas with pianist Itamar Golan was released by Sony. She plays the Antonio Stradivarius “Viotti” violin (1704), on loan to her by the nonprofit organization Yellow Angel.

Kyoko Takezawa will perform in Concert Program VII (August 4 and 6).

2017–2018 Music@Menlo Appearances