Takashi Kikuchi began studying the viola at Tokyo University of the Arts in 1988, where he was awarded the Doctor of Musical Arts in 2003. As part of his Doctoral studies he came to the Royal Academy of Music, London.
During his time at the Royal Academy, Takashi was awarded the teaching diploma LRAM and the Lawson Award. His career spans Asia and Europe with recent performances in Great Britain including recitals for the Schubert Music Society, Treasury Music Society in Whitehall, Victoria and Albert Museum, Handel House Museum, in Worcester, Norfolk and Lincolnshire as well as an early evening concert performance at the Queen Elizabeth Hall.
Takashi enthusiastically champions British repertoire with pianist, Rachel Fuller. Their CD ‘The Voice of the Viola’ is gaining fast recognition particularly in Japan, New Zealand, Norway and the USA. In addition to classical music, he recently collaborates with the musicians from various backgrounds, including Baluji Shrivastav and his colleagues.
Alongside his performance activities, Takashi also enjoys mentoring young students and amateur musicians. Having been blind since birth, he contributes his knowledge and experience to organisations working towards the long term improvement of Braille music for all visually impaired musicians.