New recordings of Joseph Martin Kraus with Takako Nishizaki and The New Zealand Symphony Orchestra for Naxos Records
In September 2006 UWE GRODD and TAKAKO NISHIZAKI together with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra are recording Joseph Martin Kraus. This recordings will include:
Violin Concerto in C
Orchestral Ballet music to ‘Azire’
Incidental Music for ‘Olympie’
New recording September 4 – 6 in the Town Hall of Wellington, New Zealand
Uwe Grodd, conductor
Takako Nishizaki, violin
New Zealand Symphony Orchestra
Producer: Tim Handley
NAXOS RECORDS 8.570334
Nishizaki - Biography
In 1964 she won Second Prize at the Leventritt International Competition (behind Itzhak Perlman) and in 1969 First Prize in the Juilliard Concerto Competition (performing Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante with Nobuko Imai).
Takako Nishizaki performed in concert with many international orchestras, among them the Sydney Symphony, the Melbourne Symphony, the New Zealand Symphony, the Central Philharmonic in Beijing, the Shanghai Symphony, the Polish National Radio Symphony, the Moscow Symphony, the Ukraine State Symphony, the Slovak Philharmonic, the Orchestre National de Lille, the Hong Kong Philharmonic, the Singapore Symphony and many orchestras in the United States and her native Japan.
Takako Nishizaki performed and recorded with pianists Andras Schiff, Jeno Jando, Wolf Harden, Alexander Zakin, Michael Ponti, Koon-Woo Paik and others.
She performed in chamber music ensembles with Itzhak Perlman, Pinchas Zukerman, Nobuko Imai, Ko Iwasaki, Maria Kliegel and others.
She appeared at the Sofia, Prague Spring, Bath, Chautauqua and Beijing International festivals and participated in the Australian and New Zealand international chamber music festivals.
Jury member of Major Competitions
Including her recordings of Chinese music, Takako Nishizaki has recorded more than 100 CDs to date.
For RCA she recorded the complete Sonatas of Grieg and a CD with short pieces by Fritz Kreisler and for Telefunken, Camerata and Marco Polo ten discs with works by Kreisler.
Also for Marco Polo, she recorded a large number of rare violin concertos, by Anton Rubinstein, Louis Spohr, César Cui, Charles de Bériot, Respighi and Joseph Joachim.
For Naxos, she has recorded Vivaldi’s Four Seasons, the complete works for Violin and Orchestra by Mozart (including the Haffner Serenade), Beethoven, Bach and Tchaikowsky as well as the concertos of Brahms, Bruch and Mendelssohn. The Vivaldi, Bach, Brahms/Bruch and Tchaikovsky/Mendelssohn recordings were awarded Platinum Discs (for sales in excess of 100,000 copies each world-wide).
Also for Naxos, she recorded the complete sonatas for Violin and Piano of Mozart (on six CDs) and Beethoven (on four CDs) as well as the sonatas of Grieg and Franck.
Many of her concerto and sonata recordings were awarded the highest *** rating by the authoritative Penguin Guide to Compact Discs.
Music for the Mozart Effect
She was awarded a Golden Violin by Pacific Music in Canton in 1982 (for her work in promoting Chinese music internationally) and in 1998 received an award by the Chinese Musicians Association for her service to Chinese music (following a televised concert at the first Beijing International Music Festival).
Also in 1998, Takako Nishizaki performed the Butterfly Lovers at a Gala Concert given by the Mayor of Shanghai at the new Grand Theatre in Shanghai.
China Central Television produced several feature programmes devoted to her life and career in Chinese music, the latest in 1999.
Other Asian Repertoire
In 2003 Takako Nishizaki was awarded the Bronze Bauhinia Star by the Government of Hong Kong for her service to music and her community service.
In 2005, Newsweek (Japan) named her among the 100 Japanese the world most admires.
Her greatest passion after music is good food and she is herself an excellent cook. She also enjoys red wine with a preference for French and New World pinot noir.
Her only son, Henryk (named after Wieniawski) now works for the family company, HNH International Ltd., in Hong Kong.