Noted for his “sensitive touch” by The Washington Post and for his “beautiful sound with an abundant sense of fantasy” by Musica Nova magazine (Japan) pianist Manabu Takasawa made a solo recital debut at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in 1992.
Born in Niigata, Japan, Mr. Takasawa came to the United States to further his musical training. He studied with José Ariel Rambaldi at Whitman College in Washington State, Constance Keene at Manhattan School of Music and Thomas Schumacher at the University of Maryland. His doctoral dissertation focused on the American musician and educator, Abram Chasins. An article on Chasins has been published in the Clavier magazine.
Mr. Takasawa is currently Professor of Music at the University of Rhode Island. He is also the creator and director of the URI Piano Extravaganza!, an annual piano festival of concerts and a competition for the university community and surrounding areas. His interest in communicating with students through music has taken him to performances in elementary and secondary schools in the Rhode Island area, and in schools as far as Japan, Taiwan and Vietnam. His concert activities and interviews have been broadcast on Northwest Public Radio (Pullman, WA), WSCL-FM89.5 and WBOC-Channel 16 in Maryland, internationally on Mercury Radio (Poznán, Poland) and on a News 5 evening news broadcast in Belize.
Interested in discovering unfamiliar yet worthwhile music, Mr. Takasawa has recorded music by women composers and performed music of contemporary Japanese composers as well as the German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche. Mostly recently as a member of Duo Anno 1647 he and flutist Kristen Stoner toured in Paris, Dublin, and Newcastle, Australia.