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Yayoi Takano was raised in a Japanese family of artists and scientists. When she was three, she received her first piano lessons from her mother. The young Yayoi continued her studies with the piano pedagogue Adčle Bönisch in Göttingen. Through her grand-mother, a well-known choreographer and performer of Classical Japanese Dance, she experienced the harmonic combination between playing music and dancing movement. It was natural

consequence that she started ballet classes at the age of seven. By then she was performing with her mother (voice). In her violin-playing sister, she had a partner for chamber music. The well-known pianist and musicologist Jürgen Uhde discovered Yayoi when she was only fourteen and set up her career as a professional concert pianist. In his seminars, she learned to approach music both philosophically and scientifically and to do musicological research. During her tenure at high school, she repeatedly won awards at the federal ”Jugend Musiziert“ and the”Grotrian -Steinweg“competitions. After her final school exam (Abitur) she began her studies at the College for Music and Performing Arts at Hannover with the renounced Professor Karl-Heinz Kämmerling. She also continued her excursions into dance and chamber music. Further stages in her musical education led her to Stuttgart and Basel where she acquired her concert diploma. Her most important influence came from meeting Walter Levin (Lasalle-Quartett), the Hungarian composer György Kurtág, Malcolm Frager, and Gérard Wyss (pianist and professor of chamber music in Basel). In 1990, W.Levin invited her to the Ravinia Festival in Chicago. 1992, she played pieces of Kurtág at the ARS MUSICA (Festival for New Music) in Bruxelles. She performed as soloist with various symphony orchestras and has made several radio broadcast recordings, cellist of the Vogler-Quartett, among others).

She gave solo piano concerts and chamber music performances with various instrumentalists (including her sister Erika Takano-Forck, and her brother-in-law Stephan Forck, cellist of the Vogler-Quartett, among others).

From 1992 to 1997, she had an extraordinary collaboration with the Spanish dancer and castanet virtuoso José de Udaeta. Together, they gave successful concerts in Germany and Spain. Their performances represented perfect harmony between dance, theatre, and classical concert. Yayoi Takano achieved this enlargement of repertoire into the field of Spanish Music on the one hand by her work with Udaeta and, on the other, by her studies of Flamenco Dance in Seville with Maestro Manolo Marín. Her performances of Albéniz, Granados, and de Falla in Madrid and Barcelona were highly praised by local critics and specialists. Any of her program arrangements show the extend and variety of virtuosity and artistic expression. Her program comprises selections ranging from all epochs up to New Music, which she interprets in her play as vividly as selections from classical masters. For Yayoi Takano, interpretation means to conceive the deeper sense and expression of music not only intellectually using the written text, but also to memorize it in such a way that the music comes alive via intuition and personal experience.