Meadows Alum Named Concertmaster of Dallas Chamber Symphony
Violinist Kazuhiro Takagi poised to lead the 2013 Dallas Chamber Symphony
Violinist Kazuhiro Takagi (Artist Certificate, ’97) will open the 2013 Dallas Chamber Symphony (DCS) season as its new concertmaster on Tuesday, Sept. 17 at the City Performance Hall, where he will play Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto in D Minor.
Takagi, who studied with Professor Eduard Schmieder while a student at Meadows, had his first experience as a concertmaster with the Meadows Symphony Orchestra. Since that time he has also served as concertmaster for the Tokyo Symphony, Chicago Civic Orchestra and Germany’s Wuerttembergische Philharmonie Reutlingen, among others.
Born in Osaka, Japan, Takagi began playing violin at age six. He has won numerous prestigious awards, including Belgium’s Queen Elisabeth International Music Competition; the 54th Geneva International Music Competition; and first prize in the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition in Indiana.
Sam Holland, professor and director of the Division of Music at Meadows, says Takagi is ideal for the position of concertmaster with the DCS, and is an excellent example of Meadows alumni finding success in their music careers. “He’s an extraordinary violinist with an already distinguished career as both soloist and orchestral musician,” says Holland. “His new position with the Dallas Chamber Symphony is yet another distinction for the violin program at SMU, whose alumni are found in leading orchestras throughout the world.”
Takagi says DCS’s selection of music for the upcoming season will appeal to various tastes.
The season includes scores from Tchaikovsky, Benjamin Britten, Bach and more, and will feature concerts in which other media is woven into the performance, such as a live film score accompaniment to a Buster Keaton silent comedy, Sherlock, Jr., scheduled for this winter. With such a wide variety, Takagi hopes the audience “will expand their knowledge, interest and passion for music.”
Each year, the Meadows School and the Dallas Chamber Symphony present the annual DCS International Piano Competition at Caruth Auditorium, open to aspiring young performers from all over the world.
Read more about the Dallas Chamber Symphony and Mr. Takagi.