ERIKO TAKEZAWA

Piano Repetiteur

BIOGRAPHY

Eriko Takezawa was born in Hiroshima (Japan) and studied in Germany with Naoyuki Taneda and Wolfgang Manz. She passed her concert exam with distinction in 1995, and later, completed her education withmasterclasses taught by J. Uhde, E. Picht-Axenfeld, D. Kraus, and S. Dorenski.

Prizes at international competitions followed, including the first prize at the international piano competition in Ostuni (Italy) in 1994. This success led to a busy concert schedule, playing at music festivals and concert stages in Europe and Asia, such as the Schwetzingen Festival, the Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival and the Lucerne Festival.

Eriko Takezawa is a popular chamber music partner of renowned wind soloists such as Reinhold Friedrich,Sergio Azzolini, Ingo Goritzki, Renate Greiss-Armin, and Thomas Indermühle, as well as a permanent fixture in the Mahler Chamber Orchestra. For many years, she has also been one of the most sought-after accompanists for international competitions and concert projects.

She has been extraordinarily successful as a soloist around the globe with Shostakovich's Piano Concerto No. 1.

She was equally successful in 2014 with Gershwin's "Rhapsody in Blue" and with Benjamin Yusupov's"Listen to our Cry" at its premieres in Israel and Germany.

Eriko Takezawa worked as repetiteur at the Musikakademie Basel and lecturer at the Jyske Music Conservatory in Aarhus, Denmark. She has also taught at the MUSIKENE conservatory in San Sebastián and at the Hochschule der darstellenden Künste in Frankfurt. She is currently repetiteur at the Hochschule für Musik Karlsruhe and her coaching workshops are in high demand.

The media praise her lightness, technical brilliance, and captivating musicality which enchant her audiences time and again.

Her numerous award-winning recordings, such as her CD "Mysteries", in collaboration with Simon Höfele(Deutscher Schallplattenkritikpreis 2018), also bear witness to her outstanding musical career.

Photo credit: Cyrus Allyar