Takako Nishizaki

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Takako Nishizaki
西崎 崇子
Born(1944-04-14)April 14, 1944
Nagoya, Japan
SpouseKlaus Heymann
Musical career

Takako Nishizaki BBS (born 14 April 1944) is a Japanese violinist. She was the first student to complete the Suzuki Method course, at age nine.[1]


Nishizaki went to the United States from Japan in 1962. She first studied with Broadus Erle at Yale University, and later with Joseph Fuchs at Juilliard. [2] In 1964, she was a runner-up in the Leventritt Competition, in which Itzhak Perlman won first prize.[3] In 1966, she was awarded Juilliard's Fritz Kreisler Scholarship. [4]

In 1969, she won first prize in the Juilliard Concerto Competition performing Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante with violist Nobuko Imai. Some of Nishizaki's recordings with Slovak Philharmonic under Kenneth Jean by Naxos Records of famous violin concertos are highly ranked by The Penguin Guide to Recorded Classical Music. She has performed and recorded with pianists such as Andras Schiff, Jenö Jandó and Michael Ponti, and has performed in a number of chamber music ensembles.[citation needed]

Nishizaki is married to the Naxos label owner Klaus Heymann, and teaches violin in Hong Kong,[5] where she was awarded the Bronze Bauhinia Star in 2003 for her work in classical music and charity. [6]


Nishizaki's recording of Vivaldi's "Four Seasons" has sold over a million copies.[7]


  1. ^ "艺术家西崎崇子简介". 新浪网影音娱乐. 2005-07-01. Retrieved 25 May 2010.
  2. ^ Takako Nishizaki profile, naxos.com; accessed 9 March 2015.
  3. ^ Theodore Strongin (22 April 1964). "Violinist wins a prize, loses a Guarnerius". New York Times.
  4. ^ Allen Hughes (13 January 1968). "Takako Nishizaki in debut recital". New York Times.
  5. ^ Hoffmann, Frank W. (2004). Encyclopedia of recorded sound. Vol. 1 (2 ed.). CRC Press. p. 731. ISBN 978-0-415-93835-8. Retrieved 25 May 2010.
  6. ^ "香港特區政府二〇〇三年授勳名單". 文匯報. 2003-07-01. Archived from the original on 2020-11-05. Retrieved 2020-10-18.
  7. ^ Anne Midgette (7 October 2007). "MUSIC; A No-Frills Label Sings To the Rafters". New York Times. Retrieved 9 March 2015.

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