Christopher Takeda

Associate Concertmaster

Christopher Takeda

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Violin

Associate Concertmaster

First year with SO: 2001

Hometown: Albuquerque, NM

Instrument: Chris plays on a 1784 Joseph Gagliano violin.


Education:
Bachelor of Music and Master of Music – The Juilliard School of Music

Biography:
Christopher Takeda, a native of Albuquerque, NM was appointed to the positon of Associate Concertmaster of the Sarasota Orchestra in the 2002-03 season. Mr. Takeda joined the orchestra during the 2001-02 season as Concertmaster fulfilling a one-year position. Mr. Takeda has also held a position since 2005 performing with the Santa Fe Opera.

An avid chamber musician, Mr. Takeda was a violinist in the Arcata String Quartet prior to joining the orchestra from 1998 to 2001. The quartet traveled extensively throughout North America and Europe leading to two CD recordings for VOX Classics and several debut performances including New York City Town Hall, Carnegie Hall and London's Wigmore Hall. In the fall of 1998 the quartet was appointed to the position of quartet-in-residence at Utah State University. During the quartet's tenure at the University, Mr. Takeda had the privilege of working with a variety of different ensembles in performance and masterclasses including the Guarneri, Tokyo, Takacs, Ysaye and Borromeo String Quartets.

Mr. Takeda received both his Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees from the Juilliard School. His teachers have included Masao Kawasaki, Glenn Dicterow, Margaret Pardee, Paul Kantor and Robert Mann.

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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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 Andrew Lane, the Orchestra’s Principal Pops Conductor, knows how to program a winning event and this concert had something for everyone. It also brought in a whole new audience that seemed dazzled by the performances.  

Written byThe Observer

 The Sarasota Orchestra played a program this past weekend filled with so much color, it was like visiting the Louvre.  

Written byHerald Tribune

 The performance... was exceptional, bringing new and stunning sonorities from a larger than usual Sarasota Orchestra under the dynamic leadership of Anu Tali.  

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