Wolfgang David – one of the leading Austrian
violinists of his generation – and the famous blind Japanese pianist Takeshi Kakehashi team up to bring you Beethoven, Brahms and Strauss.
At the Midland Cultural Centre
In May 2013, Wolfgang David – one of the leading Austrian violinists of his generation – and the famous blind Japanese pianist Takeshi Kakehashi teamed up to give a recital in Southern Austria. This first musical meeting was very successful and led to an extensive collaboration. In the same year they toured throughout Japan and recorded a CD under the Japanese Sonare label, that included works by Mozart, Schubert and Beethoven’s “Kreutzer Sonata“.
In the meantime Wolfgang David and Takeshi Kakehashi concertized in Austria, Germany, England, and Russia, as well as on various tours in Japan including Bunka Kaikan, one of Tokyo’s most prestigious concert halls. A second CD (Violin Sonatas by Beethoven and Cesar Franck) was awarded with the „highest recommendation“ for the month February 2016 by the oldest and most important Japanese record magazine “The Record Geijutsu“. Another CD, with works by Faure and Beethoven, received rave reviews from “Mainichi Shimbun“, the third largest daily newspaper in Japan.
Wolfgang David played as a soloist with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra, Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra, New York Virtuosi etc. He has performed in major halls such as Konzerthaus and Musikverein Hall in Vienna, Carnegie Hall in New York, Cerritos Center in Los Angeles, Victoria Hall Geneva, UNESCO Hall Paris, Wigmore Hall in London, Philharmonie in Cologne, Bolshoi Hall Moscow and Bunka Kaikan Tokyo. He recorded CDs for NAXOS, Albany Records, Sonare, VDE-Gallo and Decibel Records. Wolfgang David performs on a violin built by Carlo Bergonzi, Cremona after 1724, on exclusive loan to him from the Austrian National Bank.
Takeshi Kakehashi collaborated with conductors such as Seiji Ozawa, Fabio Luisi, Gerd Albrecht, Daniel Harding and orchestras including the NHK Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre National de France, Mozarteum Orchestra Salzburg, Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra, and the New Japan Philharmonic. In 1998, Takeshi won second prize at the Concours International Maguerite Long-Jacques Thibaud in Paris, as well as the SACEM prize (recital award) and the prize from the Chevillion-Bonnand Foundation. One month after his birth he lost his eyesight due to cancer.