Takako Nishizaki is one of Japan’s finest violinists. After studying with her father, Shinji Nishizaki, she became the first student of Shinichi Suzuki, the founder of the famous Suzuki Method of violin teaching. Subsequently she went to Japan’s famous Toho School of Music, and to the Juilliard School in the United States, where she studied with Joseph Fuchs. She was second prize winner in the 1964 Leventritt International Competition, and first prize winner in the 1967 Juilliard Concerto Competition.
Takako Nishizaki performed as a soloist 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, the China Philharmonic and many orchestras in the United States and her native Japan.
Takako Nishizaki is one of the most frequently recorded violinists in the world today. She has been awarded so far no fewer than eight gold and platinum discs in Hong Kong and Taiwan for her recordings of the “Butterfly Lovers Concerto” and other recordings of Chinese music for violin and orchestra. In recognition of her contribution to the promotion of Chinese music outside China, Nishizaki was awarded the Golden Violin Prize.