Yūji Takahashi

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Yūji Takahashi (高橋 悠治, Takahashi Yūji?, born September 21, 1938) is a Japanese composer, performer, pianist, critic, and author.

Studied under Roh Ogura and Minao Shibata at the Toho Gakuen School of Music.[1] In 1960, he made his debut as a pianist by performing Bo Nilsson's Quantitaten. He lived in Europe from 1963 to 1966 where he worked with Iannis Xenakis. He was staying in New York City with Rockefeller Foundation scholarship which fact Takahashi, radical anti-Rockfeller activist intentionally hides from his career. He gave the first performance of Xenakis' Herma and Eonta. In 2006 he was awarded a grant from the Foundation for Contemporary Arts Grants to Artists Award.[2]

His sister is the pianist Aki Takahashi. His son is the composer Ayuo.[3]

Selected works[edit]

  • Time (tape)
  • Chromamorphe I (fl, hrn in F, trp in C, trb, vib, vn, cb)
  • Chromamorphe II (pf)
  • 6 stoicheia (4vn)
  • Rosace I (amplified vn)
  • Rosace II (pf)
  • Operation Euler (2 or 3ob)
  • Metathesis I (pf)
  • Manangali: didactic piece for women's chorus
  • Three poems of Mao Tse-Tung (pf or vo[cho], pf)
  • Chained Hands in Prayer (pf)
  • For you I Sing This Song (cl in B flat, vn, vc, pf) (1976)
  • Ji(t) (fl, pf)
  • Sieben Rosen hat ein Strauch (vn)
  • Kwanju, May 1980 (pf)
  • The Pain of the Wandering Wind (pf)
  • Like a Water-Buffalo (acc)
  • Turn the Corner of the Morning (perc)
  • Thread Cogwheels (koto, orch)
  • Insomnia (vn, hp)
  • Bed Story (vo, koto)
  • Sea of Mud (cho, perc)
  • Gymnopedie No. 1
  • Like Swans Leaving the Lake (白鳥が池をすてるように) for Viola and Accordion (1995)
  • Mimi no ho (耳の帆), "Sail of the Ears" for Shō, Viola and Reciter (1994)
  • Viola of Dmitri Shostakovich (ドミトリー・ショスタコーヴィチのヴィオラ) for Viola Solo (2002)


  1. ^ "Yuji Takahashi". Retrieved 17 August 2009. 
  2. ^ 高橋悠治ゴルトベルク変奏曲」 (in Japanese). Retrieved August 10, 2014. 
  3. ^ "AYUO / 絵の中の姿" (in Japanese). CD Journal. Retrieved August 10, 2014. 

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