Takako Nishizaki

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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
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  • 1.
    Du Ming-Xin: Violin Concerto; The Goddess of River Luo; Autumn Thoughts
    Label: Marco Polo   Catalog: 8225810 Release Date: 04/28/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Du Ming-xin
    Performer:  Takako Nishizaki
    Conductor:  Kenneth Jean
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Love And Passion In Music
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 7828990 Release Date: 11/11/2014   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel,  Léo Delibes,  Claude Debussy,  Alexander Glazunov  ... 
    Performer:  Takako Nishizaki,  Rivka Golani,  János Selmeczy
    Conductor:  Peter Breiner,  Andrew Mogrelia,  Alexander Rahbari,  Konstantin Krimetz  ... 
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    Animals In Music
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 578281 Release Date: 04/29/2014   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Ralph Vaughan Williams,  George Frideric Handel,  Edvard Grieg,  Modest Mussorgsky  ... 
    Performer:  John Artore,  Balazs Szkolay,  Giorgio Koukl,  Takako Nishizaki  ... 
    Conductor:  Kees Bakels,  Peter Breiner,  Stephen Gunzenhauser,  David Lloyd-Jones  ... 
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    A Musical Journey: Austria - Hohenwerfen, Weissensee, Styria, Linz, Aggstein, Hallein, Baden
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 2110335 Release Date: 05/28/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Takako Nishizaki
    Conductor:  Stephen Gunzenhauser
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Capella Istropolitana
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  • 5.
    Great Chamber Music
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8501064 Release Date: 04/30/2013   Number of Discs: 10
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Franz Joseph Haydn,  Franz Schubert,  Felix Mendelssohn  ... 
    Performer:  Tamás Szabo,  Gábor Fias,  Attila Falvay,  György Éder  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kodály String Quartet,  Auer String Quartet,  Villa Musica Ensemble  ... 
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    The Complete Beethoven: Symphonies; Concertos; Overtures [12-CD Set]
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8501204 Release Date: 04/30/2013   Number of Discs: 12
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Stefan Vladar,  Claire Rutter,  Matilde Wallevik,  Marta Fontanals-Simmons  ... 
    Conductor:  Béla Drahos,  Barry Wordsworth,  Stephen Gunzenhauser,  Kenneth Jean
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    A Musical Journey - Italy: Lucca, Tivoli, Tuscany, Liguria
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 2110327 Release Date: 03/26/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Takako Nishizaki
    Conductor:  Oliver Dohnányi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Capella Istropolitana
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    Label: Avalon   Catalog: 58209 Release Date: 01/01/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Pachelbel,  Robert Schumann,  Claude Debussy,  Erik Satie  ... 
    Performer:  Alexander Rudin,  Takako Nishizaki
    Conductor:  Richard Edlinger,  Peter Breiner,  Leif Segerstam,  Ondrej Lenárd  ... 
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    Label: Mood Media Entertainment   Catalog: 57757 Release Date: 01/01/2013   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  César Cui,  Antonio Vivaldi,  Johann Pachelbel,  Camille Saint-Saëns  ... 
    Performer:  Jeffrey Biegel,  Tamas Benkocs,  Kimball Sykes,  Stéphane Lemelin  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Villa Musica,  Stuttgart Piano Trio,  Concentus Hungaricus
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    A  Musical Journey - France: Burgundy, Pays De La Loire, Franche-comte
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 2110298 Release Date: 11/13/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Takako Nishizaki
    Conductor:  Michael Halász,  Kenneth Jean
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra
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    A Musical Journey - Germany - Nuremberg
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 2110307 Release Date: 06/26/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Takako Nishizaki,  Wolf Harden
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  • 12.
    Great Classical Masterpieces: Bestselling Recordings 1987-2012
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8578217 Release Date: 05/29/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Hildegard of Bingen,  Johannes Brahms,  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Carl Orff  ... 
    Performer:  Jénö Jandó,  Norbert Kraft,  Klára Körmendi,  Takako Nishizaki  ... 
    Conductor:  Jeremy Summerly,  István Bogár,  György Lehel,  Stephen Gunzenhauser  ... 
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    Great Baroque Masterpieces
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8501061 Release Date: 04/24/2012   Number of Discs: 10
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  George Frideric Handel,  Antonio Vivaldi,  Georg Philipp Telemann  ... 
    Performer:  Nadja Schubert,  Daniel Rothert,  Corinne Chapelle,  Karl Kaiser  ... 
    Conductor:  Helmut Müller-Brühl,  Kevin Mallon,  Bradley Creswick,  Jozef Kopelman  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cologne Chamber Orchestra,  Aradia Ensemble,  Northern Sinfonia  ... 
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    Great Violin Concertos
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8501058 Release Date: 04/24/2012   Number of Discs: 10
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Louis Spohr  ... 
    Performer:  Takako Nishizaki,  Simone Lamsma,  Ilya Kaler,  Misha Keylin  ... 
    Conductor:  Stephen Gunzenhauser,  Oliver Dohnányi,  Patrick Gallois,  Kenneth Jean  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Capella Istropolitana,  Sinfonia Finlandia,  Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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    My First Tchaikovsky Album
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8578214 Release Date: 03/27/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
    Performer:  Oxana Yablonskaya,  Maria Kliegel,  Joseph Banowetz,  Ilona Prunyi  ... 
    Conductor:  Michael Halász,  Philippe Entremont,  Gerhard Markson,  Ondrej Lenárd  ... 
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    My First Violin Album
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8578215 Release Date: 03/27/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Niccolň Paganini,  Sir Edward Elgar,  Jules Massenet,  Felix Mendelssohn  ... 
    Performer:  Ilya Kaler,  Jénö Jandó,  Takako Nishizaki,  Caspar Frantz  ... 
    Conductor:  Kenneth Jean,  Carl Davis,  Theodore Kuchar,  Stephen Gunzenhauser  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ferenc Sánta & His Gypsy Band
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    My First Beethoven Album
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8578206 Release Date: 11/15/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Jénö Jandó,  Takako Nishizaki,  Stefan Vladar,  Gyorgy Eder  ... 
    Conductor:  Béla Drahos,  Ondrej Lenárd,  Barry Wordsworth,  Kenneth Jean  ... 
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    My First Classical Music Album
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8578203 Release Date: 11/15/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini,  Antonio Vivaldi,  John Adams,  Gabriel Fauré  ... 
    Performer:  Takako Nishizaki,  Dong-Suk Kang,  Pascal Devoyon,  Jürgen Schuster  ... 
    Conductor:  Michael Halász,  Stephen Gunzenhauser,  Marin Alsop,  Mats Rondin  ... 
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    My First Mozart Album
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8578204 Release Date: 11/15/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Hana Mullerova,  Jirí Válek,  Jénö Jandó,  Takako Nishizaki  ... 
    Conductor:  Pier G. Morandi,  Barry Wordsworth,  Petter Sundkvist,  Richard Edlinger  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concentus Hungaricus,  German Wind Soloists
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  • 20.
    The Mozart Effect: Music For Children
    Label: Children's Group   Catalog: 85005 Release Date: 08/30/2011   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Dag Ingram,  Michael Copley,  Takako Nishizaki,  Hana Mullerova  ... 
    Conductor:  Johannes Wildner,  Richard Edlinger,  Nicholas Ward,  Stephen Gunzenhauser  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge Buskers,  Capella Istropolitana,  German Wind Soloists
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  • 21.
    Classical Chill: The Romantic Collection, Vol. 2
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8578009-10 Release Date: 08/31/2010   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Felix Mendelssohn,  Antonín Dvorák,  Ottorino Respighi,  Gioachino Rossini  ... 
    Performer:  Ernst Ottensamer,  Benjamin Frith,  Ilya Kaler,  János Bálint  ... 
    Conductor:  Anthony Bramall,  Jaroslav Krcek,  Enrique Bátiz,  Johannes Wildner  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Capella Istropolitana,  Budapest Rossini Ensemble
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  • 22.
    The Ultimate Lullaby Collection
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8570514-15 Release Date: 08/31/2010   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Felix Mendelssohn,  Edvard Grieg,  Christoph W. Gluck,  Sir Edward Elgar  ... 
    Performer:  Nora Shulman,  Judy Loman,  Einar Steen-Nokleberg,  Maarit Kirvessalo  ... 
    Conductor:  Anthony Bramall,  Stephen Gunzenhauser,  James Judd,  Keith Clark  ... 
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  • 23.
    Takako Nishizaki Plays Suzuki Evergreens, Vol. 1
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8572378 Release Date: 05/25/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Luigi Boccherini,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Jean-Baptiste Lully,  Ambroise Thomas  ... 
    Performer:  Takako Nishizaki,  Terence Dennis,  Stefan Laux,  Ulf Bastlein  ... 
    Conductor:  Miklós Erdélyi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Budapest Chorus,  Hungarian State Orchestra,  Danubius String Quartet
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    Takako Nishizaki Plays Suzuki Evergreens, Vol. 2
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8572379 Release Date: 05/25/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giovanni Battist Martini,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Christian Pezold,  Antonín Dvorák  ... 
    Performer:  Terence Dennis,  Takako Nishizaki,  János Sebestyén,  Maria Kliegel
    Conductor:  Jaroslav Dvorák
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Capella Istropolitana
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    Takako Nishizaki Plays Suzuki Evergreens, Vol. 3
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8572380 Release Date: 05/25/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Friedrich Seitz,  Franz Schubert,  Johannes Brahms,  Antonio Vivaldi  ... 
    Performer:  Takako Nishizaki,  Terence Dennis,  Alexander Jablokov
    Conductor:  Peter Walls,  Oliver Dohnányi
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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