Akemi Takayama

Victor Brown Chair in Violin; Associate Professor, String


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Faculty Member since 2007

In a beautiful, rather quite community in Winchester Virginia, I enjoy my energetic bunch at this Violin Studio: the students come from all over the county and world- currently from Uzbekistan, China, Korea, California, New York, Memphis, Maryland, and Virginia.

Applied Area(s)



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

    Personal Highlights

    • Akemi Takayama, a native of Japan, professional violin career began in Japan at the age of fifteen. Shehas 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.
    • Ms. Takayama is an associate professor at the Shenandoah University Conservatory of Music, where she holds the Victor Brown Endowed Chair in Violin.
    • She has also been serving as the concertmaster of the Roanoke Symphony Orchestra since 2004 and the Williamsburg Symphonia since 2007.
    • Recent solo performances withorchestras include Daughertys Fire and Blood and Ladder to the Moon, Mendelssohns Double Concerto, Vivaldis The Four Seasons, Prts Fratres, Beethovens Violin Concerto, and Brahmss Double Concerto forviolin and cello, Mozarts Violin Concerto, Roskott's Violin Concerto, and Mendelssohn's Violin 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.
    • 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 TohoSchool 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. 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 MTNA, VASTA, The Violin Society of America, among others.