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Takako Nishizaki

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Violinist Takako Nishizaki could very well be probably the most frequently recorded concert violinist from the digital period. She was also the very first violinist to understand by method of the Suzuki technique; her dad, Shinji Nishizaki, caused Shinichi Suzuki in developing the technique, and Takako Nishizaki got instructions from both instructors. She produced her debut at age 9, and additional researched with Broadus Erle, beginning in Japan and afterwards at Yale College or university. Nishizaki completed her violin research at Juilliard under Joseph Fuchs and in 1967 earned second prize within the Leventritt International competition behind Pinchas Zukerman. You might surmise that with her skill and beauty that American record businesses would be getting back in each other’s supply of Nishizaki’s recording agreement. However they weren’t, and by 1974 Nishizaki resolved in Hong Kong, where she set up a profession because the pre-eminent violin virtuoso in the Chinese language concert circuit. This is no little feat, such as China they consider the violin significantly and its books is certainly central to the complete establishment of Chinese language classical music. On the way Nishizaki fulfilled and wedded German businessman Klaus Heymann, creator of HNH International, the organization parent to the favorite traditional label Naxos. Heymann sponsored Nishizaki within an extensive group of recordings of Chinese language traditional music on his Marco Polo label. A few of these recordings marketed into the an incredible number of copies in China, offering the nest egg that released the Naxos label in the past due 1980s. With Naxos, Nishizaki provides recorded a lot of the standard American violin literature, aswell, but has produced a special objective of recording crucial violin literature that’s known in concert and in the class, but seldom symbolized on records. Probably the most celebrated exemplory case of this propensity is certainly her recordings from the concertos of Chevalier de St-Georges, but it addittionally contains her interpretations of Charles August de Bériot, Louis Spohr, and Joseph Joachim. Most of Nishizaki’s recordings are significant for her ample, singing tone; versatile rhythmic sensibility; her feeling of architectural symmetry in regards to whole actions; her capability to excite; as well as the sheer beauty of Nishizaki’s audio.

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Full Name Takako Nishizaki
Education Juilliard School
Music Songs Minuet No. 2, The Butterfly Lovers, Minuet No. 1, Minuet No. 3, Gavotte from Mignon, Salut d'amour, River of Sorrow, I. Allegro maestoso, Perpetual Motion in A Major, Song of the Volga Boatmen, Thais, Act II: Meditation, Allegro in A Major, III. Rondeau: Andante grazioso - Allegro ma non troppo, Violin Concerto, "Hung Hu", Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 35: I. Allegro moderato, Liebesleid, Long, Long Ago Variation in G Major, Moment musical, Op. 94, No. 3, Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star Variations, The Shepherd Girl, Long, Long Ago in A Major, Lift Your Veil, Serse , HWV 40 : Serse , HWV 40, Act I: Ombra mai fu, "Largo", The Moon Reflecting My Heart, Ellens Gesang III , Op. 52, No. 6, D. 839, "Hymne an die Jungfrau", I. Allegro, Tulufan, Violinromanze Nr. 2 F-Dur, Op. 50, Rinaldo, HWV 7, Act II: Lascia ch'io pianga, Torna a Surriento, II. Adagio, Schwanengesang, D. 957: No. 4. Standchen
Albums The Four Seasons / Concerto alla rustica, Violin Miniatures, Chen Gang: Violin Concerto "Wang Zhaojun", Chinese Melodies For Violin & Guitar, Violin Concertos, Chen Gang & He Zhanhao: The Butterfly Lovers Violin Concerto, Violin Concertos: Concerto in C major, op. 5 no. 1 / Concerto in A major, op. 5 no. 2 / Concerto in G major, op. 8, Three Wishes of the Rose: Everlasting Chinese Love Songs, Chen / He: Butterfly Lovers Concerto / Zhang / Zhu: Parting of the Newly Wedded, Violin Concerto in E minor, op. 64 (original version) / Violin Concerto in D minor / Scherzo from Octet, op. 20, Suite Concertante, op. 25 / Suite Miniature, op. 20 / Suite, op. 43 "In modo populari", Violin Concertos Nos. 3 & 5, None but the Lonely Heart, Violin Sonatas, Vol. 3; K. 378-380, Mozart: Violin Sonatas, K. 378, K. 376 and K. 296, Butterfly Lovers Violin Concerto / Six Chinese Violin Pieces, Violin Sonatas, op. 30, nos. 1-3, Violin Sonatas: No. 4, op. 23 / No. 10, op. 96, Beethoven: Piano Trios "Ghost" & "Archduke", Takako Nishizaki Plays Suzuki Evergreens, Vol. 1, Violin Sonatas, op. 12, nos. 1-3, Brahms: Violin Concerto / Bruch: Violin Concerto No. 1, Violin Sonatas: No. 5 “Spring” / No. 9 “Kreutzer”, Violin Sonatas K.378, K.376 & K.296, Piano Trios: “Archduke” / “Ghost”, Bach, J.S.: Violin Concertos, Bwv 1041-1043, Violin Concertos Nos. 1 & 2, Takako Nishizaki Plays Suzuki Evergreens, Volume 1, Concerto no. 4 / Sinfonia Concertante, The Butterfly Lovers / The Yellow River, Chen / He: The Butterfly Lovers Violin Concerto, Best of Chinese Evergreens, From Shanghai With Love, Violin Sonatas, Popular Chinese Violin Pieces, Violin Concerto / Olympie / Azire (New Zealand Symphony Orchestra feat. conductor: Uwe Grodd), Mingxin Du: Violin Concerto & Piano Concerto "Spirit of Spring", Du Mingxin: Violin Concerto, The Goddess of River Luo & Autumn Thoughts, The Butterfly Lovers Violin Concerto, The Best Of Marco Polo, Romantic Violin Concertos: The Butterfly Lovers, Takako Nishizaki Plays Suzuki Evergreens, Vol. 5, Takako Nishizaki Plays Suzuki Evergreens, Vol. 2, 101 Great Orchestral Classics, Vol. 9, Four Seasons and Other Famous Concerti, Mozart: Violin Concertos Nos. 4 and 5 / Rondo, Romantic Violin Favorites, Takako Nishizaki Plays Suzuki Evergreens, Vol. 7, Beethoven (Eternal), Bach, J.S. / Vivaldi: Violin Concertos, Mozart: Violin Sonatas, Vol. 6


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TitleYearStatusCharacter
American Pastoral 2016 performer: "Four Seasons: Allegro"
Il ragazzo invisibile 2014 performer: "Violin Concerto in E Major no. 1, Op. 8, RV 269 'La primavera'"
Turist 2014 performer: "Concerto No. 2 in G minor, Op. 8, RV 315, 'L'estate' Summer: 1. Allegro non molto"
Elementary 2014 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Danville 2nd Ward Young Men 2012 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Wild Target 2010 performer: "'Spring' from The Four Seasons Violin Concerto in E Major, Op. 8 No. 1", "Sinfonia Concertant in E-flat Major"
Halloween II 2009 performer: "Violin Sonata No. 2 in A Major"
Hellboy II: The Golden Army 2008 performer: "Violin Sonata No. 9 'Kreutzer'"
Transamerica 2005 performer: "Meditation"
Imaginary Heroes 2004 performer: "Violin Concerto in D Major, Op. 77"
Nijinsky: The Diaries of Vaslav Nijinsky 2001 performer: "Violin Sonata No 5 Spring" - as Nishizahi
Novocaine 2001 performer: "Concerto No. 3 in G for Violin and Orchestra, K.216", "Concerto No. 1 in B Flat Major for Violin and Orchestra, K.207"
Touch Me 1993 Short performer: "Violin Concerto No.3 in G major, K.216"

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The Bell Telephone Hour 1967 TV Series Himself - Violinist

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