Kyoko Takezawa began violin studies at the age of three and studied under Shoichi Yamamura and Kenji Kobayashi. At the age of six, she toured overseas as a member of the Suzuki Method Association. When she was a student at Toho Gakuen Music High School, Takezawa won first prize at the 51st Music Competition of Japan with the Leucadia Prize and Kuroyanagi Prize. In 1985, she entered The Julliard School to study with Dorothy DeLay and Masao Kawasaki. In 1986, Takezawa was awarded the Gold Medal at the second Quadrennial International Violin Competition in Indianapolis. Since then, she is ascending in international stardom.
Takezawa has performed as soloist with such prominent orchestras as the New York Philharmonic, the Boston Symphony, the Chicago Symphony, the Philadelphia Orchestra, and the symphony orchestras of Montreal and London, the Moscow Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra, Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, Lyon National Orchestra, Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, L'Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, and the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. She has collaborated with many distinguished conductors, including Kurt Masur, Zubin Mehta, Leonard Slatkin, Charles Dutoit, Riccardo Chailly, Kent Nagano, Christoph Eschenbach, Herbert Blomstedt, and Seiji Ozawa. Takezawa's chamber music performances have drawn high praise, and at the Suntory Festival Soloists of Suntory Hall in Tokyo, she has collaborated with the late Isaac Stern, Yo-Yo Ma, and others. Takezawa also performed with the Tokyo String Quartet at the Miyazaki Music Festival and David Finckel of the Emerson String Quartet in the La Jolla Music Festival in the US. She has been regularly invited by notable music festivals around the world, such as Aspen, Lucerne, and Casals, expanding her activities.
In 2009, Takezawa held concerts to perform all Brahms violin sonatas to conclude her 20th anniversary recital series in various places. In 2010, her performance of Alban Berg Violin Concerto at a Chicago Symphony Orchestra regular concert was highly praised. She also performed at regular concerts of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra and Vancouver Symphony Orchestra. In 2011, Takezawa joined the Spanish tour of the Philharmonia Orchestra, and in 2012, she served as a soloist at the concert in Japan with the NDR Symphony Orchestra Hamburg under the baton of Thomas Hengelbrock. In 2014, Takezawa performed as soloist in Paris and London in the 100th anniversary world tour of the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra, and her performances were highly rated. In 2015, she performed in the Kyushu tour of NHK Symphony Orchestra and also performed with Magdeburg Philharmonic Orchestra from Germany.
Recently Takezawa regularly participates in the Mito Chamber Orchestra and Seiji Ozawa Matsumoto Festival, and holds regular master classes in Seoul, Oslo, and Mantova. She also serves as a juror at international competitions, such as Indianapolis, Menuhin, and Marguerite-Long-Jacques-Thibaud.
A prolific recording artist, Takezawa can be heard on BMG's RCA Victor Red Seal label. She received the 3rd Idemitsu Award in 1993.
Currently Takezawa is a specially-appointed professor at Toho Gakuen School of Music. She will serve as a specially-appointed professor at Senzoku Gakuen College of Music from 2017.
Takezawa has been given the Antonio Stradivarius "Viotti" (1704), on loan to her provided by the non-profit organization Yellow Angel.

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