Kazuhiro Takagi Appointed Dallas Chamber Symphony Concertmaster, Opens Season On Mendelssohn Concerto
The Dallas Chamber Symphony will open its 2013-14 season with an exciting program featuring Kazuhiro Takagi, its new concertmaster, performing Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto in D minor, at City Performance Hall on Tuesday, September 17th. Richard McKay conducts performances of Arvo Pärt’s powerful and ethereal Cantus in Memory of Benjamin Britten and Tchaikovsky’s gorgeous and familiar Serenade for Strings to round out the program.
Concertmaster Kazuhiro Takagi enjoys an international career as an experienced violin soloist, recording artist, and leader of orchestras. He has served tenures as concertmaster of the Tokyo Symphony, Chicago Civic Orchestra (under Daniel Barenboim), and solo concertmaster of the Yamagata Symphony and Wuerttembergische Philharmonie Reutlingen in Germany. He has also held positions with the Osaka Philharmonic, Osaka Symphony, Japan Century Symphony, Vietnam National Symphony and the Kansai Philharmonic.
A winner of many competitions, Mr. Takagi has claimed prizes in some of the world’s most prestigious, including the Queen Elisabeth Music Competition in Brussels, the Geneva International Music Competition, and First Prize as the first violinist of the Eusia String Quartet at the Fischoff National Music Competition. An accomplished educator and clinician, Mr. Takagi has adjudicated competitions all over the world, including repeated engagements at the prestigious Music Competition of Japan. He has also served on faculty of the Summit Music Festival in New York.
Mr. Takagi has deep roots in Dallas having studied violin performance at Southern Methodist University. He also holds diplomas from the Conservatoire National Superieur Musique de Lyon and the Deuxieme Academie de Musique Francaise de Kyoto. He began his violin studies in Japan at the age of 6. His mentors include Takayoshi Wanami, Yuko Mori, Eduard Wulfson and Eduard Schmieder.
“After considering numerous candidates for the position, I was extremely impressed with Mr. Takagi’s body of recorded work, and especially his audition,” says DCS Artistic Director and Conductor Richard McKay. “He exhibits such extraordinary musicianship, and as an experienced leader, he has a keen sense of how to cultivate a professional organizational culture with the highest artistic standards. He is a tremendous asset for the DCS and the Dallas community.”
When he’s not serving in this lead position for the Dallas Chamber Symphony, Mr. Takagi will travel oversees to perform with the with the Nagaokakyo Chamber Ensemble in Kyoto, the Izumi Sinfonietta Osaka, the Lilis Chamber Orchestra, and the alternative music group A Hundred Birds.
Mr. Takagi’s premier performance will be held on Tuesday, September 17th, 2013 at City Performance Hall (2520 Flora Street, Dallas, Texas 75201). It will begin at 8:00 p.m. Individual tickets are available for $19-$44 each, $12 for students. For event information or to purchase tickets, visit http://www.showclix.com/event/KazuhiroTakagi/or call (214) 449-1294. Tickets may also be purchased in the City Performance Hall lobby the evening of the concert starting at 6:30p.m.
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