WOLFGANG DAVID - In the space of a few short years, Wolfgang David has established himself on the international stage, both as a recitalist, and as a guest soloist with many leading orchestras such as the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra, Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra, Berne Symphony Orchestra, New York Virtuosi etc.
He has been well received by the press - the Washington Post wrote that he "scaled the heights of musicmaking” and The Strad described his playing “as emotionally wide-ranging as one could hope for”.
Admitted to the University for Music in Vienna at the age of eight, David studied there for many years with Rainer Küchl, the concertmaster of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra. Later he continued his studies at the Musikhochschule in Cologne with Igor Ozim and with Yfrah Neaman at the Guildhall School of Music in London. The winner of many competitions and prizes, David has performed in major halls such as Konzerthaus and Musikverein Hall in Vienna, Carnegie Hall in New York, Cerritos Center in Los Angeles, the Wigmore Hall in London, Victoria Hall in Geneva, UNESCO Hall in Paris, Philharmonie in Cologne, and Bunka Kaikan Tokyo. Highlights of his career included concerts at the Great Assembly Hall of the United Nations in New York in the presence of Secretary General Kofi Annan, and a concert in Bangkok, given for the Queen of Thailand.
Wolfgang David performs on a violin built by Carlo Bergonzi, Cremona after 1724, on exclusive loan to him from the Austrian National Bank.
Wolfgang David has recorded a CD with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Emmanuel Siffert and three albums with the American pianist David Gompper. In 2011 another CD with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra was released on the NAXOS label. Together with Takeshi Kakehashi, Wolfgang David recorded two CDs for the Japanese SONARE label with works by Mozart, Beethoven (Sonatas No. 6, 8 & 9 “Kreutzer“), Schubert and Franck.
TAKESHI KAKEHASHI Born in Tokyo on August 2, 1977, to musician parents, Takeshi Kakehashi lost his eyesight to childhood cancer just a month after birth. He would always stop crying when listening to music, however, and could reproduce melodies accurately, and began using the piano in lieu of toys. He took up piano lessons at four and a half years old and went on to study composition. Takeshi feels that the days spent with numerous friends at Naminori Nursery School and Nakayama Elementary School in Hachioji city played a significant role in his upbringing, leading him to become the man he is today.
Upon graduation from elementary school in 1990, he left Japan for Europe, and entered the preliminary course of the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna, Austria. In the same year, he returned to Japan to have a malignant tumor removed from his eye, and resumed his studies in Vienna in 1991, under Elisabeth Dvorak-Weisshaar.
In 1994 he won first prize in the International Competition of the Blind and Partially Sighted Musicians in the Czech Republic, as well as winning the Ettlingen International Competition for Young Pianists (B category) in Germany as the youngest participant, and his rich musical skills were recognized. In 1995 he won second prize at the Stravinsky Awards International Competition for children and young adults in the United States. He has since gone on to win other international prizes and in 2000 was awarded a special prize by the mayor of Warsaw, on the occasion of the Frederic Chopin International Piano Competition.
As well as the foremost Japanese orchestras – the NHK Symphony Orchestra, Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra, New Japan Philharmonic Orchestra, Takeshi has performed with orchestras around the world including the Prague Symphony Orchestra, St. Petersburg Academic Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre National de France, Dresdner Kapellsolisten, Mozarteum Orchester Salzburg, Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Slovakia Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestre National des Pays de la Loire and Ostrobothnian Chamber Orchestra. He has performed with numerous eminent conductors, including Seiji Ozawa, Jean Fournet, Emmanuel Krivine, Gary Bertini, Hans Graf, Hubert Soudant, Kenichiro Kobayashi, Gerd Arbrecht, Fabio Luisi and Daniel Harding. Moreover, his recitals have taken him from Japan to Europe (including Austria, Germany, France, Italy the Czech Republic, Slovakia, and Russia) and South America (Argentina, Brazil, Uruguay, Venezuela), and he made his US debut in the Isaac Stern Auditorium at Carnegie Hall, in 2002.