Takako Nishizaki

Composers

Biography

Born: April 14, 1944  
Violinist Takako Nishizaki is perhaps the most frequently recorded concert violinist of the digital era. She was also the first violinist to learn by way of the Suzuki method; her father, Shinji Nishizaki, worked with Shinichi Suzuki in developing the method, and Takako Nishizaki took instruction from both teachers. She made her debut at the age of 9, and further studied with Broadus Erle, starting in Japan and later at Yale University. Nishizaki Read more finished her violin studies at Juilliard under Joseph Fuchs and in 1967 won second prize in the Leventritt International competition behind Pinchas Zukerman.

One would surmise that with her talent and beauty that American record companies would be getting in each other's way to obtain Nishizaki's recording contract. But they weren't, and by 1974 Nishizaki settled in Hong Kong, where she established a career as the pre-eminent violin virtuoso on the Chinese concert circuit. This was no small feat, as in China they take the violin seriously and its literature is central to the entire establishment of Chinese classical music. Along the way Nishizaki met and married German businessman Klaus Heymann, founder of HNH International, the corporate parent to the popular classical label Naxos. Heymann sponsored Nishizaki in an extensive series of recordings of Chinese classical music on his Marco Polo label. Some of these recordings sold into the millions of copies in China, providing the nest egg that launched the Naxos label in the late 1980s.

With Naxos, Nishizaki has recorded much of the standard Western violin literature, as well, but has made a special mission of recording key violin literature that is known in concert and in the classroom, but seldom represented on records. The most celebrated example of this tendency is her recordings of the concertos of Chevalier de St-Georges, but it also includes her interpretations of Charles August de Bériot, Louis Spohr, and Joseph Joachim. All of Nishizaki's recordings are notable for her generous, singing tone; flexible rhythmic sensibility; her sense of architectural symmetry in regard to whole movements; her ability to excite; and the sheer beauty of Nishizaki's sound. Read less

There are 176 Takako Nishizaki recordings available.

Select a specific Composer or Label or browse recordings by Formats & Featured below

or

Composers

Formats & Featured

Biography

Born: April 14, 1944  
Violinist Takako Nishizaki is perhaps the most frequently recorded concert violinist of the digital era. She was also the first violinist to learn by way of the Suzuki method; her father, Shinji Nishizaki, worked with Shinichi Suzuki in developing the method, and Takako Nishizaki took instruction from both teachers. She made her debut at the age of 9, and further studied with Broadus Erle, starting in Japan and later at Yale University. Nishizaki Read more
WORKS ALBUMS
TITLE/COMPOSER
LABEL
I. Allegro vivace e con brio
II. Largo assai ed espressivo
III. Presto
I. Allegro Moderato
II. Scherzo: Allegro
III. Andante cantabile ma pero con moto
IV. Allegro moderato
I. Adagio sostenuto - Presto
II. Andante con variazioni
III. Finale: Presto
I. Allegretto ben moderato
II. Allegro
III. Recitativo - Fantasia: Ben moderato - Molto lento
IV. Allegretto poco mosso
I. Allegro ma non troppo
II. Larghetto
III. Rondo: Allegro
I. Allegro
II. Largo e pianissimo sempre
III. Danza Pastorale (Allegro)
I. Allegro non molto
II. Adagio - Presto
III. Presto
I. Allegro
II. Adagio molto
III. Allegro
I. Allegro non molto
II. Largo
III. Allegro
I. Allegro
II. Andante
III. Allegro assai
I. Allegro
II. Adagio
III. Allegro assai
I. Allegro
II. Andante cantabile
III. Rondeau: Andante grazioso - Allegro ma non troppo
I. Allegro aperto
II. Adagio
III. Tempo di menuetto
I. Allegro
II. Adagio
III. Rondeau: Allegro
I. Allegro molto appassionato
II. Andante - Allegro non troppo
III. Allegro molto vivace
I. Allegro non troppo
II. Adagio
III. Allegro giocoso, ma non troppo vivace
I. Allegro moderato
II. Canzonetta: Andante
III. Finale: Allegro vivacissimo
I. Allegro
II. Largo e pianissimo sempre
III. Danza Pastorale (Allegro)
I. Allegro non molto
II. Adagio - Presto
III. Presto
I. Allegro
II. Adagio molto
III. Allegro
I. Allegro non molto
II. Largo
III. Allegro
Minuet in G major, BWV Anh. 116 (arr. for violin and piano)
Minuet in G major, BWV Anh. 116
16 Waltzes, Op. 39: No. 15 in A flat major (arr. for violin and piano)
No. 15 in A flat major
Romanzen und Balladen, Book 2, Op. 49: No. 1. Die beiden Grenadiere (arr. for violin and piano)
No. 1. Die beiden Grenadiere
6 Minuets, WoO 10: No. 2 in G major (arr. for violin and piano)
No. 2 in G major
I. Allegro non troppo
II. Adagio
III. Allegro moderato
5 Lieder, Op. 49: No. 4. Wiegenlied (Lullaby) (arr. for violin and piano)
5 Lieder, Op. 49: No. 4. Wiegenlied (Lullaby)
I. Allegro
II. Adagio
III. Allegro
I. Allegro
II. Largo - Adagio
III. Allegro
Violin Sonata in D minor, Op. 5, No. 12, "La folia" (arr. S. Suzuki)
Violin Sonata in D minor, Op. 5, No. 12, "La folia"
I. Adagio
II. Allegro
III. Largo
IV. Allegro
I. Affettuoso
II. Allegro
III. Larghetto
IV. Allegro
I. Andante
II. Allegro
III. Adagio
IV. Allegro
I. Allegro moderato
II. Andante
III. Allegro assai
I. Allegro
II. Andante
III. Allegro assai
I. Grave
II. Courante: Allegro con spirito
III. Adagio
IV. Vivace
I. Allegro moderato
II. Adagio
III. Rondo
I. Allegro moderato
II. Adagio
III. Allegro
I. Andante, ma un poco adagio
II. Fugue: Allegro moderato
I. Allegro moderato
II. Andante - Allegretto
I. Allegro
II. Adagio
III. Allegretto
Romance No. 2 in F major, Op. 50
Romance No. 2 in F major, Op. 50
I. Andantino cantabile
II. Allegro
III. Andante con variazioni
I. Molto Allegro
II. Andante
III. Presto
A Beloved Rose (Kazakh Folk Song)
The Half-Moon Climbs (Uygur Folk Song)
Spinning (Gansu Folk Song)
All at Work (Great North-West Folk Song)
Sa Li Hong Ba (Uygur Folk Song)
Lan Hua Hua (Shanxi Folk Song)
Lift Your Veil (Uygur Folk Song)
Tulufan (Xinjiang Folk Song)
I. January: By the Fireside
II. February: Carnival
III. March: Song of the Lark
IV. April: Snowdrop
V. May: May Nights
VI. June: Barcarolle
VII. July: Song of the Reaper
VIII. August: The Harvest
IX. September: The Hunt
X. October: Autumn Song
XI. November: Troika
XII. December: Christmas
I. Allegro maestoso
II. Andantino - Rondo
I. Allegro maestoso
II. Adagio
III. Rondo: Allegretto moderato
I. Allegro
II. Adagio
III. Rondo: Allegretto
First Movement (Complete)
Second Movement (Complete)
Third Movement (complete)
First Movement (complete)
Second Movement (complete)
Third Movement (complete)
I. Moderato assai
II. Andante
III. Moderato assai
I. Intermezzo scherzando
II. Canzonetta
III. Cavatina
IV. Finale: Tarantella


YOU MUST BE A SUBSCRIBER TO LISTEN TO ARKIVMUSIC STREAMING.
TRY IT NOW FOR FREE!
Sign up now for two weeks of free access to the world's best classical music collection. Keep listening for only $19.95/month - thousands of classical albums for the price of one! Learn more about ArkivMusic Streaming
Already a subscriber? Sign In