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Takae Ohnishi, Harpsichord

January 27 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm


Takae Ohnishi is a Japanese harpsichordist who has performed extensively in the United States and Japan as a soloist, chamber musician and basso continuo player. She has appeared with numerous orchestras and at various venues in the United States and Japan. Ohnishi won her first major award at the International Early Music Harpsichord Competition in Japan, and her debut CD, A Harpsichord Recital, was chosen as an International Special Prized CD by Japanese music magazine Record Gei-jyu-tsu, in 2002. Ohnishi was also chosen to be a visiting artist from 2011 to 2012 at the American Academy in Rome.

Ohnishi has been the principal harpsichordist at the Atlantic Symphony Orchestra and was the featured soloist at the Ishihara Hall 10th Anniversary Concert series. Her 2006 recital tour in Japan was broadcast nationally on NHK TV program Classic Ku-ra-bu. She was featured in the Art of Music Concert Series at the San Diego Museum of Art, and represented Japan as a soloist at the Festival Internacional Cervantino in Mexico.

Other solo performances include those with the Berlin Philharmonic Scharoun Ensemble, the Gardner Chamber Orchestra (directed by Paula Robinson), the MIT Chapel, Swedenborg Chapel, the Boston Early Music Festival, Summer Institute for Contemporary Piano Performance, and at the New England Conservatory of Music.

She has been a basso continuo player with Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra, Atlantic Symphony Orchestra, Gardner Chamber Orchestra, and the Boston University Baroque Orchestra. She has also performed with the Harvard Group for New Music and the Callithumpian Consort.

In addition to performing, Ohnishi is teacher and lecturer, having worked in Yantai, China, Toho Gakuen School of Music in Tokyo, as well as the Early Music Festival in Fukuoka, Japan. She was a participant in a lecture series entitled “Historical Performance Practice,” recorded and published by the Muramatsu Gakki Company in Tokyo. Since 2007, Ohnishi has been an adjunct teaching harpsichord and Baroque chamber music at the University of California, San Diego, and she has also taught classes at the University of San Diego.

Ohnishi is a graduate of the Toho Gakuen School of Music. She went on to earn a masters in Music from the New England Conservatory of Music and a doctorate in Musical Arts from Stony Brook University, learning from teachers such as Arthur Haas, Peter Sykes, John Gibbons and Chiyoko Arita. She currently resides in San Diego.

A Night of French Keyboard Music

Louis Couperin (1626-1661)
Suite in A minor

Jacques Duphly (1715-1789)

Antoine Forqueray (1672-1745)
Suite No. 5 in C minor

Jean-Henri D’Anglebert (1629-1691)
Suite in G minor


January 27
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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San Diego Early Music Society
619 291 8246
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