Hello everyone. I’m Takeshi Kakehashi. It gives me great pleasure to be able to share intense emotional drama,
such as sadness and joy, through my music.

I look forward to meeting you.

                   Takeshi KAKEHASHI

Born in Tokyo on August 2, 1977, to musician parents, Takeshi Kakehashi lost his eyesight to childhood cancer just a month after birth.  He would always stop crying when listening to music, however, and could reproduce melodies accurately, and began using the piano in lieu of toys.  He took up piano lessons at four and a half years old, first studying with Ms. Yaeko Sasaki, and later with Ms. Keiko Takaoka and Ms. Miyako Abe, and went on to study composition under Mr. Yoshifumi Nakajima.  Kakehashi feels that the days spent with numerous friends at Naminori Nursery School and Nakayama Elementary School in Hachioji city played a significant role in his upbringing, leading him to become the man he is today.
Upon graduation from elementary school in 1990, he left Japan for Europe, and entered the preliminary course of the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna, Austria.  In the same year, he returned to Japan to have a malignant tumor removed from his eye, and resumed his studies in Vienna the following year, studying under Ms. Elisabeth Dvorak-Weisshaar.

1994: Wins first prize in the International Competition of the Blind and Partially Sighted Musicians in the Czech Republic, as well as winning the Ettlingen International Competition for Young Pianists (B category) in Germany as the youngest participant, and his rich musical skills are recognized.

1995: Wins second prize at the Stravinsky Awards International Competition for children and young adults in the United States.

1997: Receives the Muramatsu Award

1998: Wins second prize at the Concours International Marguerite Long-Jacques Thibaud in Paris, as well as receiving the Prize of the SACEM (recital award) and Prize of the Chevillion-Bonnaud Foundation.

1999: Wins the Tokyo Citizens’ Award for Cultural Award, Idemitsu Music Award, as well as the Braille Mainichi Culture Award.

2000: Awarded a special prize by the mayor of Warsaw, on the occasion of the Frederic Chopin International Piano Competition.

As well as the foremost Japanese orchestras – the NHK Symphony Orchestra, Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra, New Japan Philharmonic Orchestra, etc., Kakehashi has performed with orchestras around the world including the Prague Symphony Orchestra, St. Petersburg Academic Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre National de France, Dresdner Kapellsolisten, Mozarteum Orchester Salzburg, Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Slovakia Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestre National des Pays de la Loire and Ostrobothnian Chamber Orchestra.

He has performed with numerous eminent conductors, including Seiji Ozawa, Jean Fournet, Emmanuel Krivine, Gary Bertini, Hans Graf, Hubert Soudant, Kenichiro Kobayashi, Gerd Arbrecht, Fabio Luisi and Daniel Harding.

 Moreover, his recitals have taken him from Japan to Europe (including Austria, Germany, France,  Italy
the Czech Republic, Slovakia, and Russia) and South America (Argentina, Brazil, Uruguay, Venezuela), and he made his US debut in the Isaac Stern Auditorium at Carnegie Hall, in 2002.

Kakehashi has also made numerous television and radio appearances in Japan (including NHK’s “Geijutsu Gekijou”, “Classic Hour”, “N-kyou Hour”).

His six CD recordings of pieces by composers such as Mozart and Chopin have been released by King Records, Art Union, Agora Musica (Italy) and Mainichi Classics.

He currently resides in the suburbs of Vienna.

Star sign Leo
Hobbies Going for nature walks, exercise, reading
Favorite phrase Tirelessly continuing to make an effort
In old age Would like to spend time listening to birdsong in nature
Aspiration To always have dreams, and be moved while creating music
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