Eugene Muneyoshi Takahashi
Eugene Muneyoshi Takahashi has been enjoying a versatile career both in the US and abroad. Born in Kanagawa, Japan, he started his violin study at age three. Prior to relocating to the US, he actively free-lanced in Tokyo playing with major orchestras and also working in the recording industry. He has played for over 600 recordings for movies, TV shows, commercials and pop artists. Now he is based in New York and continues his adventure in music and life. He has played at venues such as Carnegie Hall, Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center, Merkin Hall and Symphony Space. He is member of the Albany Symphony Orchestra and Iris String Quartet.
In the 2014 season, he made his conducting debut with Lucidity Chamberistas: a chamber ensemble he founded. The inaugural concert at the Secret Theater, Long Island City, NY, hosted by MuSE Sounds of Arts Festival was well received. They are planning another performance later in 2014-15 seson. He currently studies conducting at Aaron Copland School of Music, CUNY Queens College with Maurice Peress.
He has been concertmaster of Ensemble du Monde, Nova Philharmonic, One World Symphony, Toho Gakuen Orchestra Academy; guest concertmaster of the Japan Philharmonic; and guest associate concertmaster of Izmir Symphony Orchestra in Turkey. He has also played with orchestras such as the American Symphony, Charleston Symphony, New Japan Philharmonic, NHK Symphony, and the Rochester Philharmonic. He has participated in renowned music festivals such as Pacific Music Festival, Takefu International Music Festival and Miyazaki International Music Festival, where he had opportunities to work with artists such as Martha Argerich, Joshua Bell, John Corigliano, Charles Dutoit, Valery Gergiev, Bernard Haitink, Fabio Luisi and Krzysztof Penderecki among others.
A graduate of Eastman School and the top honor recipient from Toho Gakuen School of Music in Tokyo, he has studied violin with Koichiro Harada, founder of the Tokyo String Quartet, and Mikhail Kopelman, former leader of the Borodin String Quartet. He was semi-finalist of Japan Music Competition and Grand-Prix winner of Toho Transcendental Technique Competition. He had master classes with Thomas Brandis, Zakhar Bron, Vadim Gluzman, Rainer Küchl, Philippe Quint, Shinichi Suzuki and Zvi Zeitlin.
Elizabeth Wright of Bethlehem, PA received her Bachelor of Music in Violin Performance from University of Michigan, where she graduated with highest honors and performed with the University Philharmonia Orchestra as Principal Second Violinist. In addition to her training at Michigan, Liz has studied and performed at Kinhaven Music School (Weston, VT), Interlochen Arts Camp (Interlochen, MI), Colorado College Summer Music Festival (Colorado Springs, CO), Astona International Summer Music Academy (Zug, Switzerland), and with the National Repertory Orchestra (Breckenridge, CO). Other summers have been spent teaching at the Dali Quartet Chamber Music Camp (Doylestown, PA) and Elm City Chamberfest (New Haven, CT). Liz has premiered the works of several living composers including: Ron Amchin’s “Hypnagogia” for violin and cello, Asaf Peres’s “High Below the Ceiling” for violin and piano, Recep Gul’s “White Bride” for string quartet and percussion, and Nate May’s “For Alice (String Quartet No. 1)”. Liz is currently pursuing a Masters degree at Manhattan School of Music.