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Jarrett Mitsuhiro Takaki


Jarrett Takaki, age 18, is a senior at New Trier High School, and a student of Sueanne Metz. He has performed as a soloist with the Philharmonic Orchestra of the University of Alicante in Perugia Italy, the Oistrakh Symphony of Chicago, the Harper College Symphony Orchestra and the MostArts Orchestra at Alfred University in New York as a finalist in the MostArts Festival. Most recently, he received second place in the concerto division and third place in the solo division of The American Prize National Competition in the Performing Arts, and was a winner in the 2017 YoungArts Competition. In the summer of 2016, he was a semifinalist in the Southeastern Piano Festival and Arthur Fraser International Piano Competition at the University of South Carolina, won the Grand Prize in the Senior Solo and Concerto Divisions of the Indiana Carmel Klavier International Piano Competition, and won second place in the ENKOR International Music Competition. He has received first place awards at the De Paul University Concerto Festival for Young Performers, the American Fine Arts Festival International Piano Competition, The Walgreens National Concerto Competition, the Emilio Del Rosario Concerto Competition, The Lee Piano Competition at Augustana College, The Great Composers Competition in the categories of Germany and Eastern Europe, and the Cardinal Stritch University Piano Festival. As the first place winner of the Young Artist Piano Competition at Tennessee Tech University, Jarrett was filmed for a documentary entitled “Youth Behind the Keys.” Jarrett was a semifinalist at the Yamaha International Piano Competition, the Kaufman Music Center International Youth Piano Competition, and won second place in the Junior Division of the Cleveland International Piano Competition. He has received prizes in the Bradshaw Buono International Piano Competition, the Aloha International Piano Festival, the Steinway Piano Competition, and The DePauw University Piano Festival. He was a three-time prizewinner in East Central Division of the Music Teachers National Association Competition, a three time prize-winner in the Chopin Piano Festival and a three time prizewinner in the Illinois Music Association Olympic Contest. At the Music Festival of Perugia he studied with Steven Spooner, John Perry, Ursula Oppens and Ilana Vered. Jarrett has performed at Weill Hall in Carnegie Hall, Symphony Center, Daley Plaza, the Tarkington Center and the Palladium at the Center for Performing Arts, Warner Hall at Oberlin College as a participant in the Cooper Piano Festival, Bennett Gordon Hall at Ravinia Park, the Sala De Notori in Perugia Italy, and was a featured artist in the Young Steinway Piano Series at the Skokie Library and the Northbrook Library. He has participated in master classes with Michael Lewin, John Bayless, Christopher O’Reilly, George LePauw, Francisco, Jeffrey Panko, Silvan Negrutiu, Jason Kwak, May Phang, Michael Lewin, Mary Sauer and Nyaho Chapman.

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