Fudeko Takahashi Cohler received her early musical training in Japan. She studied violin first with Hirotsugu Shinozaki and Koichi Hasegawa. After winning First Prizes in the All-Japan Student Music Competition in both the Elementary and Middle School Divisions, she studied with renowned pedagogue Saburo Sumi at Toho Music High School in Tokyo.
She won the Special Prize of Japan's International Representative Competition and was sponsored by the government of Japan to compete in the Nicolo Paganini International Violin Competition in Genoa, Italy. Her success at the Paganini competition made her the first Japanese citizen ever to win a top prize at an international competition without having previously studied abroad.
After graduating with the First Prize from the Toho College of Music, Takahashi Cohler received the Seiji Ozawa fellowship and came to study in the United States with Dorothy Delay. She won the Pierre Mayer Award for the outstanding violinist of the Tanglewood Music Center, and was concertmistress there under both Leonard Bernstein and Seiji Ozawa.
She has played in lessons and masterclasses for numerous famous violinists including Leonid Kogan (Moscow Conservatory), Yehudi Menuhin, Josef Gingold, Pinchas Zukerman, Gabriel Builon, Pierre Jari, and Michelle Auclair (Paris Conservatory).
Takahashi Cohler received the Artist Diploma from NEC under Ms. Delay and continued her studies with Ms. Delay at Juilliard. Later Takahashi Cohler became a teaching assistant for Ms. Delay at the Aspen Music Festival and joined NEC's Preparatory School faculty as Ms. Delay's assistant.
Takahashi Cohler is the former concertmistress of Boston Civic Symphony and Boston Philharmonic Orchestra. She is also a former artist in residence of the Gardner Museum. She is married to clarinetist and conductor Jonathan Cohler who is also a member of the NEC Preparatory School faculty and Assistant Conductor of the Youth Philharmonic Orchestra. Her son Yuga Cohler is an alumnus of NEC Prep and YPO.
B.M. with highest honors (Toho Gakuen School of Music), Artist Diploma (NEC); Studies with Dorothy Delay (The Juilliard School).