Saturday  December 13 .2014
17:00 Start
~KAZUHIRO TAKAGI & MIHO HIRAI DUO CONCERT at Noix Accordées Music & Art Salon~


Sonata for violin and harpsichord BWV 1014,1015
Sonata for violin and basso continuo BWV 1021
Unaccompanied Sonata No.1 BWV1001
Prelude and Fugue BWV 857

Tickets  ★¥3,500 (Students) ★Pair of tickets ¥6,000 (Limited to 10 pairs)  
★harpsichord Friendship Association ¥3,000  ★12/13,12/14 Lecture attendance&consert Set tickets ¥4,500

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Kazuhiro Takagi was born in Osaka, Japan and has studied music under Takayoshi Wanami, Yuko Mori, Eduard Wulfson and Eduard Schmieder.

Having started playing the violin at the age of six, he has ever won a number of awards including some grand prizes in a series of music competitions in Japan. After graduating from Kitano High School with the longest history and traditions in Osaka Prefecture, he left for France to study at Conservatoire National Superieur Musique de Lyon and graduate with the highest grades in 1994.

Kazuhiro Takagi studied music further at Sothern Methodist University in 1995 and Roosevelt University Chicago College of Performing Arts in 2000 via Program of Overseas Study for Upcoming Artists organized by Agency for Cultural Affairs of Japan. 

The history of his major awards and honors includes winning a prize at Queen Elisabeth Music Competition in Brussels for 1997, the third prize at Geneva International Music Competition in 1998 (no first prize was awarded for the year) and the first prize as the first violinist of "eusia string quartet" at Fischoff National Music Competition in Indiana State, USA for 2001.

Kazuhiro Takagi has been very widely recognized and highly evaluated as an excellent artist in Japan as well, including his winning the National Arts Festival New Artist Award sponsored by Agency for Cultural Affairs and the Osaka Cultural Festival Grand Prize in 2005 and the Recorded Work Award, Audio Category at the 19th Music Pen Club Japan in 2007.

In recent years, he has been performing well beyond the boundaries of his original music career as a violinist of "A Hundred Birds," house music orchestra band, led by DJ YOKU and "tokyo.panda," a music unit with a hip-hop keyboardist, Kazutake Takeuchi, while making a new wave in the Japanese music arena. Kazuhiro Takagi also frequently performs at fashion and apparel show events such as Fukuoka Love & Collection and Banana Republic Show.

As an active soloist, he has ever played with a number of domestic and overseas orchestras including Osaka Philharmonic Orchestra, Osaka Symphony Orchestra, Kansai Philharmonic Orchestra, Japan Century Symphony Orchestra, Tokyo Symphony Orchestra, Vietnam National Symphony Orchestra and Wuerttembergische Philfarmonie Reutlingen in Germany.

Having served as a concertmaster of Civic Orchestra of Chicago conducted by Daniel Barenboim and a solo concertmaster of Wuerttembergische Philharmonie Reutlingen in Germany, Kazuhiro Takagi has been offered to perform by a number of orchestras all over the world such as a concertmaster of Tokyo Symphony Orchestra (2007~2012), a solo concertmaster of Yamagata Symphony Orchestra (2006~2013).

For a chamber music domain, as well, based on his experience of performance at Nagaokakyo Chamber Ensemble in Kyoto conducted by Yuko Mori, who has been one of his music masters, he has been a leader of Lilis Chamber Orchestra. Additionally, he has been a faculty member of master classes all over the world such as Summit Music Festival (New York ,USA).   

In recent years, Kazuhiro Takagi has been invited for several times to judge at the Music Competition of Japan, which is supposed to be the very highest standard of classical music competition in Japan.

Currently Kazuhiro Takagi has been actively performing as a member of Nagaokakyo Chamber Ensemble in Kyoto, the concertmaster of Dallas Chamber Symphony Orchestra (USA) ,a member of Izumi Sinfonietta Osaka, a leader of Lilis Chamber Orchestra and a violinist of "A Hundred Birds" and "tokyo.panda."


Miho Hirai studied piano with Nobutatsu Kawashima and graduated at the Tohogakuen University in Tokyo. 
Later on she studied harpsichord with Chiyoko Arita and chamber music with Masahiro Arita on the Toho Gakuen College Music Department Graduate Course. 
From 1994 to 1997 she studied harpsichord with Jaques Ogg and chamber music with the Kuijken’s at the Royal Conservatory in Den Haag (Holland) for her post- graduate Diploma.
She performed in various European cities and at Festivals such as the Holland Festival of Early Music Utrecht and the Haags Gemeentemuseum. 
In 1997 she returned to Japan where she iskept busy with concerts and recordings. 
She has appeared on TV ina programme on gesturein Handel’s Operas for The university of the air and has lectured on Handel’s Sonatas for violin at the Daito Bunka University.
She also recorded “Affetti cantabili” for Entr?e receiving an excellent review in TherecordGeijutsumagazine.Sheisappreciated for her accuracy of style and original ideas in practising continuo, 
and has played with Japanese ensembles such as Conversum Musicum, Orchestra Ensemble Kanazawa, and with the cellist Ludovit Kanta both in concerts and in recordings. 
She plays with La f?te galante and has made two CDs of 18th century French music, “Les plaisirs de Paris” and “La f?te galante”.
e-mail: hirai_miho@nifty.com

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