Akemi Takayama, Violin
Friend, colleague, leader, mentor, international soloist and collaborator, Akemi Takayama is an icon and musical pillar for the RSO family. Akemi serves as RSO concertmaster, beloved by audiences for her warm presence and her sweet sound, and she defines the word master with poise and sensitivity 다운로드.
Born to musical parents in Tokyo, Akemi began her violin studies at home with her mother at the age of three. From an early age, Akemi was heard throughout Japan, including appearances with the Shinsei-Tokyo Philharmonic, the Toho School of Music Orchestra and on FM Recital, broadcast in Japan on NHK Radio 다운로드. She has also performed with the Tokyo Metropolitan Orchestra, the Yomiuri Philharmonic Orchestra, Music at Gretna, and the New World Symphony Orchestra 다운로드.
As a student, Akemi won positions in the prestigious Marlboro Music Festival and the Isaac Stern Music Workshop at Carnegie Hall. She received first prize in the Music Teachers National Association Northwest Regional competition and the Grand Junction Young Artist competition 아지트 다운로드. She earned both an Artist Diploma and a Master of Music degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music, serving as an assistant to violinist and pedagogue Donald Weilerstein 다운로드. She also studied with Toshiya Eto and Ryosaku Kubota at the Toho School of Music in Tokyo and with Brian Hanly at the University of Wyoming.
As a chamber musician, Akemi most recently collaborated and performs in duo with renowned Irish pianist John O’Conor and she previously performed in the Audubon Quartet, of which she was a member for fourteen years. Akemi’s recordings with the quartet include four CDs, available on the Centaur and Composers Recordings labels 다운로드.
In addition to her leadership role as concertmaster of the Roanoke Symphony Orchestra, Akemi holds concertmaster positions with the Williamsburg Symphonia and the New Orchestra of Washington 다운로드. She serves as an associate professor at Shenandoah University Conservatory of Music.
Akemi has served on the faculties at Oberlin Conservatory, Virginia Tech, the Chautauqua Institute in New York, the Idyllwild School of the Arts in California, the Brevard Music Center in North Carolina, and the Shenandoah Performs Festival. She plays on a Santino Lavazza violin made in 1714 kindly loaned by the Ryuji Ueno Foundation 다운로드.