Akemi Takayama

Victor Brown Chair in Violin; Associate Professor, String


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Faculty Member since 2007

Applied Area(s)



Certificate, University of Wyoming; B.M., Toho School of Music; Artist Diploma, M.M., Cleveland Institute of Music

    Personal Highlights

    • Akemi Takayama is an associate professor at Shenandoah Conservatory, where she holds the Victor Brown Endowed Chair in Violin. Since 2004, she has also been serving as the concertmaster of the Roanoke Symphony Orchestra, since 2007, she has also serving concertmaster for Williamsburg Symphonia. A native of Japan, Ms. Takayama's professional violin career began in Japan at the age of fifteen. She has performed throughout Japan, France and the U.S.; recent symphony collaborations in Virginia include the Roanoke Symphony Orchestra, Opera Roanoke, Shenandoah Performs, the Chamber Orchestra ofSouthwest Virginia, and Williamsburg Symphonia. Ms. Takayama was a member of the internationally renowned Audubon Quartet for fourteen years while the group toured regionally and nationally. Recent solo performances withorchestras include Daughertys Fire and Blood and Ladder to the Moon, Mendelssohns Double Concerto, Vivaldis The Four Seasons, Piazzolla's The Four Seasons of Buenos, Prts Fratres, Beethovens Violin Concerto, Triple Concerto and Brahmss Double Concerto forviolin and cello, Mozarts Violin Concerto, Roskott's Violin Concerto, and Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto and Double Concerto. Acclaimed by Isaac Stern as a true musician, she was invited to the Marlboro Music Festival and has served on the faculties of the Chautauqua Institute in New York, the Idyllwild School for the Arts in California, the Brevard Music Center in North Carolina, Shenandoah Performs in Virginia and at Virginia Tech. Ms. Takayama is active as an educator and arts advocate throughout Virginia and has been serving as a chair for College Advisory Committee for Virginia String Teacher's Association.
    • Countless of her violin students have active performing careers in Chamber Music, Orchestra playings, Country Music, making CDs. Many are accepted/went on to continue for their M.M. or D.M.A studies at schools such as Indiana University, Boston Conservatory, Oberlin, Florida State University, Case Western Reserve University, The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, University of North Carolina School of the Arts, East Carolina University and The Catholic University of America. Many have performing careers including the following as a core members or a per gig basis: Three Notch'd Road: The Charlottesville Baroque Ensemble, Alexandria Symphony Orchestra, Two Rivers Chamber Orchestra, Loudoun Symphony Orchestra, Prince William Symphony Orchestra, , Washington Bach Consort and the Duke Vespers Ensemble and Nathin'Fancy, LLC. Their forming venues including Boston Early Music Festival Fringe Concerts, Chamber Music Society of Central Virginia, Shenandoah University's Bach-Handel Festival, Tuesday Concert Series at the Church of the Epiphany in Washington, DC., The Columbian Consort at George Washington University, and Roanoke Symphony. Some have gone to teaching, their jobs are such as Princeton Shenzhen International Children's Learning Center Education Shenzhen, China, MusicKidsProgram Company Manassas, VA, Suzuki Violin Teacher at Community School Of The Arts in Charlotte, NC and International School of music Company Bethesda, MD
    • Ongoing projects including All Beethoven Sonata Duo with renown pianist, John O'Conor, include recording with Centaur Records and an association with The New Orchestra of Washington. During her graduate studies, Ms. Takayama was a teaching assistant to the renowned Donald Weilerstein at the Cleveland Institute of Music, where she earned both an Artist Diploma and a Master of Music degree. Previously she studied with Toshiya Eto and Ryosaku Kubota at the Toho School of Music in Tokyo, where she earned her bachelors degree in music performance, and with Brian Hanly at the University of Wyoming, where she earned her professional studies degree. Her recordings with the Audubon Quartet are on the Centaur and Composers Recordings labels. Her solo recordings are found on Blackwater Recording. Ms. Takayama plays a J.B. Ceruti violin from Cremona, Italy, made in 1805. In the fall of 2012, she has served as a faculty at Oberlin Conservatory. Ms. Takayama has served as a Judge for Music Teacher's National Association, Virginia String Teacher's Association, The Violin Society of America, among others.
      • Her upcoming season, 2014-15 performances include the followings:
      • Aug 24, 2014 3:00 p.m. Elmwood Park Amphitheater
      • Sep 20, 2014 2:00 p.m. Elmwood Park Amphitheater
      • Sep 29 & Sep 30 2014 8:00 p.m. Kimball Theatre, Williamsburg, VA, Akemi Takayama, Violin
      • Oct 5, 2014 3:00 p.m. Roanoke Performing Arts Theatre
      • Oct 17, 2014 7:30 p.m. Evermay, Georgetown, Washington D.C.
      • Nov 9, 2014 3:00 p.m. Nov 10, 7:30 p.m. Shaftman Performace Hall at Jefferson Center, Akemi Takayama, violin, Jeff Midkiff, mandolin
      • Nov 14, 2014 Special Performance in Williamsburg, VA
      • Nov 17 & Nov 18 2014 8:00 p.m. Kimball Theatre, Williamsburg, VA
      • Dec 5, 2014 7:30 p.m. Salem Civic Center, Dec 6, 2014 4:00 p.m. Moss Center, Dec 7, 2014 7:00 p.m. Martinsville, VA
      • Dec 11, 2014 7 p.m. Shaftman Performance Hall at Jefferson Center
      • Jan 31, 2015 6:00 p.m. Trinkle Main Stage, Mill Mountain Theatre, Center in the Square
      • Feb 15, 2015 3:00 p.m. Feb 16, 2015 7:30 p.m. Shaftman Performace Hall at Jefferson Center
      • Feb 25 & Feb 26, 2015 8:00 p.m. Kimball Theatre, Williamsburg, VA
      • Mar 15, 2015 4:00 p.m. duPont Chapel, Hollins University
      • Mar 30 & Mar 31, 2015 8:00 p.m. Kimball Theatre, Williamsburg, VA
      • Apr 12, 2015 7:30 p.m. Roanoke Performing Arts Theatre
      • Apr 17, 2015 7:30 p.m. Salem Civic Center
      • May 4 & May 5, 2015 8:00 p.m. Kimball Theatre, Williamsburg, VA