Ms. Miki Takahashi is a period violinist, performing as a soloist and a chamber musician world wide. In 2005, she won first prize as well as the special prize for stylistic ornamentation at the Third International Telemann Competition in Magdeburg,Germany. In that same year, Miki was awarded with the first prize as well as the audience prize at the International Music Competition Musica Antiqua in Bruges.
In subsequent years, Miki has appeared as a soloist at the Telemann Festival, Leipzig Bach Festival, Printemps des Arts 23eme Festival Baroque in Nantes, as well as giving her debut solo recital at Tokyo’s Hakuju hall in Japan and at The Schubert Club in Minnesota, USA. Her repertoire stretches from early baroque music such as Marini, Pandolfi and the forgotten repertoire of funerary violinists, to contemporary music.
Miki was accepted onto the Academia Montis Regalis Baroque Orchestra Academy in 2005 as leader and as principal second violin, where she was given the opportunity to perform Vivaldi’s concerto for two violins with Enrico Onofri. She has made solo appearances with various ensembles including les Nations Japan, Musica Fiorita (Basel), Feinstein Ensemble, Leipziger Barockorchester, Il Gardelino (Belgium), Ensemble San Soucis Berlin, and Collegium Musicum 90. She is currently principal second violin with the Feinstein Ensemble, has worked as co-leader with St. James’s Baroque players and the Gabrieli Consort. She has worked with such distinguished artists as Marcel Ponseele, Jan de Winne, Lorenzio and Vittorio Ghielmi, Jean Lamon, Elisabeth Wallfisch, Andrew Manze, Alfredo Bernardini, Simon Standage, Amandini Bayer, Martin Feinstein, Catherine Manson, Mauris Steger and Richard Gwilt.
As a chamber musician, Ms.Takahashi is a member of den Haag Piano Quintet, a historical piano quintet consisting of violin, viola, cello, double bass and a fortepiano, whose focus is to introduce rarely played works composed for this specific formation. The group has been selected as “IYAP Selected Promising Ensemble 2010,” and as the finalist of the York Early Music International Young Artists Competition. Miki also performs violin-viola duets with Mr. Adam Römer- current Viola section leader at the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. They have performed at the Mozart society in Japan, given an extensive charity concert tour in East Timor, and appeared as soloists in the Mozart Sinfonia Concertante with Debrecen-Salzburg Chamber Orchestra.
Born in Japan, Ms. Takahashi studied at Toho-Gakuen University of Music with Koichiro Harada, the original first violinist of Tokyo String Quartet. In 1998, Miki moved to Toronto to study with Professor Lorand Fenyves, where she graduated from the Glenn Gould School Toronto with a Bachelor Degree, as well as obtaining an Advanced Certificate at the University of Toronto.