Takezawa Takeshi: A French-Inspired Musical Message of Hope (Video)Culture
Won the Nippon Cultural Broadcasting Award while still a student at Tokyo University of the Arts. Studied under the French violinist Devy Erlih at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique in Paris. Later studied under the Israeli violinist Ivry Gitlis, after receiving praise from him for a performance at a music festival in Switzerland. In 1991 became the concertmaster of the Orchestre National de Lorraine, located in the city of Metz. Performed his debut recital in Japan in December 1993. Received a Muntz Stradivarius from the Nippon Music Foundation in 1999.
The violinist Takezawa Takeshi has been broadly influenced by the music of France, where he studied at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique. He stayed in France after graduation, becoming concertmaster for the Orchestre National de Lorraine. In solo recitals he always performs some works by French composers. Takezawa said that performing at charity concerts following the March 11, 2011, earthquake and tsunami has made him aware of the bonds he has formed with audience members from the disaster areas through classical French music.
Takezawa performed his first Japanese solo recital in two years at the JT Art Hall Affinis on December 23, 2011. This video captures his ability to convey emotion that transcends words. We hope you enjoy his performance.
Read our interview with Takezawa: A Japanese Violinist in Tune with France.