Welcome to the official website of violist Takashi Kikuchi

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Biography

Takashi Kikuchi is from Tokyo and has been blind from birth. He began studying the viola at an early age alongside the violin and piano. In 1988, he graduated from the Tsukuba National School for the Blind and went on to study the viola at the Tokyo Nation University of Fine Arts and Music. In 1995, he completed the Masters Course and began his Doctoral studies. As part of his Doctoral studies he became an affiliated student at the Royal Academy of Music, London, where he completed three years of study with professor John White and continued his research into 19th Century European reportoire and British viola repertoire of the first half of the 20th Century, concentrating particularly on the great viola player, Lionel Tertis.

During this time at the Royal Academy of Music, Takashi was awarded the teaching diploma LRAM and the Lawson Award. In 2003, he completed his studiess and was awarded the Doctor of Musical Art from the Tokyo University of Fine Arts and Music.

Takashi is a fine recitalist commanding capacity audiences in his native Japan. He has performed the Sinfonia Konzertante by Mozart for the Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music, performed recitials for the Tokyo Bunkakaikan and NHKFM Saturday Recital. On numerous occasions, Takashi has performed for the ABC Music Foundation, including performance of the Viola Concerto by Hoffmeister with the Osaka Century Orchestra, and introduced the Rhapsody by York Bowen at his homecoming concert in Osaka (thought to be the Japanese premiere). In Britain, he has performed regularly at the Royal Academy of Music and presented recitials for the Royal National Institute for the Blind, at the Harlow Viola Festival, at the Handel House Museum in London, and most recently in Norfolk.

Takashi is currently a research assistant at the Royal College of Music.

On record and live performance, Takashi is accompanied in collaboration by acclaimed pianist Rachel Fuller.

 

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