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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    Purple Classics Presents: Quiet Time – The Music of Mozart
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8578322-23 Release Date: 06/24/2016   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Jenö Jandó,  Takako Nishizaki,  Patrick Gallois,  Roderick Shaw  ... 
    Conductor:  András Ligeti,  Stephen Gunzenhauser,  Patrick Gallois,  Mátyás Antal
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concentus Hungaricus,  Capella Istropolitana,  Swedish Chamber Orchestra  ... 
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    Purple Classics Presents: The Baroque Collection
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8578320-21 Release Date: 06/24/2016   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel,  Antonio Vivaldi,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Johann Pachelbel  ... 
    Performer:  Takako Nishizaki,  Daniel Rothert,  Ladislav Kyselak,  Maria Kliegel  ... 
    Conductor:  Béla Bánfalvi,  Stephen Gunzenhauser,  Jaroslav Dvorák,  Helmut Muller-Brühl  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Budapest Strings,  Capella Istropolitana,  Cologne Chamber Orchestra  ... 
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    Chinese Melodies for Violin & Guitar / Nishizaki, Garcia
    Label: Marco Polo   Catalog: 8225837 Release Date: 03/11/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Huang Zi,  Lan Ping Zhou,  Zhao Yuan Ren,  Chow Shusan  ... 
    Performer:  Takako Nishizaki,  Gerald Garcia
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    Hong Kong TV & Movie Classics / Nishizaki, Hong Kong Philharmonic
    Label: Marco Polo   Catalog: 8225835 Release Date: 03/11/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Joseph Koo,  Ching Hsi Weng,  Michael Lai,  Chia-Chang Liu  ... 
    Performer:  Takako Nishizaki
    Conductor:  Varujan Kojian,  Kenneth Jean,  Henry Shek
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Popular Chinese Violin Pieces / Takako Nishizaki
    Label: Marco Polo   Catalog: 8225833 Release Date: 03/11/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  He Zhan Hao,  Traditional,  Yong Cheng Qin,  Yao Xian Ma  ... 
    Performer:  Takako Nishizaki,  Yitkin Seow
    Conductor:  Lim Kek-Tjiang
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Nagoya Philharmonic
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    Du Mingxin: Violin Concerto; Piano Concerto
    Label: Marco Polo   Catalog: 8225832 Release Date: 01/08/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Du Ming-xin
    Performer:  Takako Nishizaki,  Jénö Jandó
    Conductor:  Kenneth Jean,  Chen Zuohuang
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    Butterfly Lovers Violin Concerto / Nishizaki, Zhanhao, Gumma Symphony Orchestra
    Label: Marco Polo   Catalog: 8225819 Release Date: 11/13/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  He Zhan Hao,  Huang Zi,  Traditional
    Performer:  Takako Nishizaki
    Conductor:  Henry Shek
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    Popular Chinese Violin Pieces
    Label: Marco Polo   Catalog: 8225818 Release Date: 11/13/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Li Huanzhi,  Hu Huiming,  Sha Hankun,  Zhang Jing-ping  ... 
    Performer:  Chan Siufan,  Koo Kwok Kuen,  Takako Nishizaki
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    Du Ming-xin: Ten Xinjang Dances
    Label: Marco Polo   Catalog: 8225814 Release Date: 09/11/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Du Ming-xin
    Performer:  Takako Nishizaki
    Conductor:  Choo Hoey
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Singapore Symphony Orchestra
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    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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  • 11.
    The Butterfly Lovers Concerto / Nishizaki [Vinyl]
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: SRM033LP Release Date: 03/10/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Chen Gang
    Performer:  Takako Nishizaki
    Conductor:  Fan Chengwu
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Shanghai Conservatory Symphony Orchestra
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  • 12.
    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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    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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    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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  • 20.
    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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  • 21.
    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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  • 22.
    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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  • 23.
    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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  • 24.
    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:  Takako Nishizaki,  Jénö Jandó,  Stefan Vladar,  Attila Falvay  ... 
    Conductor:  Béla Drahos,  Ondrej Lenárd,  Barry Wordsworth,  Kenneth Jean  ... 
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