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Sarah Takagi

  • Piano

Since making her debut with the orchestra at age 11, Sarah Takagi has performed numerous concerts in the U.S., Canada and Japan. Nationally, Takagi has performed at the John F. Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. and at Carnegie Recital Hall in New York. She has been invited to appear with Leon Fleisher as a soloist on the PBS show Musical Encounter, as well as on WGMS Radio’s Spotlight Hour broadcast.

In Boston, Takagi has played on the Musique a Midi series at the French Library, as a soloist on the Lexington Sinfonietta Subscription Series, and in frequent concerts at Jordan Hall. Her concerto work includes appearances under the batons of BSO assistant conductors Carl St. Clair and Pascal Verrot, as well as Hisao Watanabe and Yoichi Udagawa. Dedicated to new works, she has premiered Leon Kirchner’s Piece for Orchestra, Koussevitsky-Prize winning composer Suguru Goto’s Kinesta, as well as a commissioned work by a noted female French composer, Florentine Mulsant.

Takagi has also won many competitions, including the Beethoven Society Competition, Friday Morning Music Club competition, Bernard Jacknin Memorial competition, the Messiaen Competition, the Tourjee award at the New England Conservatory and the Janet Gates Peckham International Prize for Excellence. She has been invited to play in the Contemporary Improvisation’s Messiaen Festival, and her recording of the works of Messiaen can be heard on WGBH.

Takagi is also active as a chamber musician and she performs with many local musicians and ensembles, including the critically-acclaiThey have performed numerous concerts in the New England area including performances at the Goethe Institute, Foundation for Chinese Performing Arts, concert series at Brandeis, Wellesley College, New England Conservatory, and live on WGBH radio. Their performance of the Rachmaninov sonata on WGBH was selected in one of their top Command performances.  She also performed with NEC faculty violinist Lucy Chapman for an opening of a spiritual event at the John Hancock center. In addition, she is in demand as a chamber coach, most recently coaching at the Composers Conference this past summer.

Her lifelong love of dance has led to a close collaboration with Dances by Isadora, a modern dance company specializing in choreographed works of Isadora Duncan. She has performed internationally with the company, presenting their co-produced concerts called Mousike, which in its original Greek meaning represents the union of dance and music. Her collaboration with choreographer Kelli Edwards on a film production titled Baby Dance was critically acclaimed by the Boston Globe.

In 2008, she came out with her solo debut album Lavender Bouquet which has been noted as one of the Top Selling CD’s in 2008 at She is currently working on her second album, which is due out in 2011.

Takagi’s latest passion has been free style improvisation where she creates spontaneous pieces out of notes given by the audience. She believes that improvisation frees the musician to truly speak the language of music and that this process allows the classical musician to connect more deeply to the compositions they interpret. In addition as a Reiki master and healer, she also improvises as a way of creating music for healing and relaxation.

Takagi is a faculty member at the New England Conservatory Preparatory School and a former faculty member of Wellesley College.

B.M., M.M. with honors; Doctoral Studies (NEC); piano studies with Michiko Miyamoto, Nelita True, Wha Kyung Byun, Randall Hodgkinson; chamber music with Eugene Lehner, Louis Krasner, Patricia Zander; pedagogy with Jean Stackhouse; winner, Tourjee award, Janet Gates Peckham International award; performances on PBS television, WGBH and WGMS Radio; concerts at John F. Kennedy Center, Jordan Hall, French Library; founding member, PiantiCella Duo with cellist Michael Bonner; collaborating artist with the Isadora Duncan Dancers; former faculty, Wellesley College.


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