Jennifer Best Takeda

Assistant Concertmaster

Jennifer Best Takeda

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Assistant Concertmaster

First season with the SO: 2005


A native of North Carolina, violinist Jennifer Best Takeda currently serves as the Assistant Concertmaster of the Sarasota Orchestra, as well as violinist of the resident Sarasota Piano Quartet.  Prior to joining the Sarasota Orchestra in 2005, Jennifer served as a Concertmaster of the New World Symphony, under the direction of Michael Tilson Thomas.

She received a High School Diploma and Bachelor of Music degree from the North Carolina School of the Arts and a Master of Music degree from the Manhattan School of Music. 

An active chamber musician, Jennifer has performed chamber music in the New York Historical Society and the "Meet the Composers" series at Columbia University, and was a member of Manhattan School of Music's new music group, Claremont Ensemble, among others.  Most recently, Jennifer has performed with the Chroma Quartet, a string quartet she co-founded in 2008 that has enjoyed great success and performed throughout Florida to critical acclaim.

Her vast orchestral experience includes performances with The Florida Orchestra, Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra, North Carolina Symphony, New World Symphony, Naples Philharmonic, New York Chamber Opera, National Repertory Orchestra, National Orchestral Institute Orchestra, Spoleto USA Festival Orchestra.  In recent summers, she has performed with the Sun Valley Summer Symphony, Santa Fe Opera, served as Associate Concertmaster and faculty of Eastern Music Festival and served as Concertmaster of the Crested Butte Music Festival. 

Her principal teachers have included Elaine Richey, Nicholas Mann, Robert Mann, Mitchell Stern and Sylvia Rosenberg. Jennifer performs on a 1697 Giovanni Battista Rogeri violin, generously donated to the Sarasota Orchestra by Ernest and Alisa Kretzmer. When not busy performing or practicing, she enjoys spending time with her husband and her greatest achievement to date, young son Carter.

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 There's no doubt, audiences are thrilled by the Sarasota Orchestra's new music director, Anu Tali. She's brought an intense energy from the orchestra in previous performances and we found this yet again in a downright thrill ride of an encounter...  

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 Literally gripping the arms of my seat, I was not the only one propelled on this rollercoaster of delightful music.  

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 Every section and soloist within the orchestra played their role with strength and beauty; every tree proud and tall. Tali served as an excellent guide leading the forces with assured confidence. The overall sound was lush and, yes, intense just where it needed to be.  

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 The Sarasota Orchestra was brimming with bubbling energy...  

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 A lifetime of musical moments, cinematic in scope, gave every section of the orchestra a leading role at one time or another. Chief among them was the virtuosic solo of concertmaster Daniel Jordan.  

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 It was a thrill ride resulting in an explosion of audience enthusiasm.  

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 Tali conveyed a clear vision for the dramatic outline of this symphony, carefully pacing the darker, searching character of the music with pastoral conversations among voices in the orchestra.  

Written byThe Observer

 If you haven’t seen Tali yet, this will be a great introduction to the skyrocketing conductor who’s quickly becoming a household name around the world. You’ll see why we feel we’re lucky to have her here.  

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