The Japanese harpsichordist, Takae Ohnishi, graduated from Toho Gakuen School of Music in Tokyo. She is a prize-winner at the International Early Music Harpsichord Competition in Japan. She holds a Master of Music degree from the New England Conservatory of Music and is completing a Doctor of Musical Arts degree at Stony Brook University, her teachers include Arthur Haas, Peter Sykes, John Gibbons and Chiyoko Arita. . She is a prize-winner at the International Early Music Harpsichord Competition in Japan.
Takae Ohnishi has performed extensively in major cities in Japan and in the USA as a soloist, chamber musician and continuo player, and her recording has been described as “masterful,” and was noted for its “vitality and impressively differentiated articulation” by Classics Today.
Takae Ohnishi has been the principal harpsichordist at Atlantic Symphony Orchestra, as well as a soloist with the Berlin Philharmonic Scharoun Ensemble, Gardner Chamber Orchestra, and continuo player with Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra, Hingham Symphony Orchestra, and Bach Collegium San Diego. Takae Ohnishi is an interpreter of both Baroque and contemporary music. As a specialist in Baroque music, she performed the Brandenburg Concerto and J.S. Bach’s harpsichord Concerto as a soloist with both the Hingham Symphony Orchestra conducted by Jin Kim and the Boston University Baroque Orchestra conducted by Martin Pearlman. She has also appeared as a soloist at various recitals and concert series presented by the MIT Chapel, King’s Chapel, Swedenborg Chapel and the American Academy in Rome. In 2007, she performed a solo recital “All D. Scarlatti Program” at the Boston Early Music Festival, and took part in the complete Brandenburg Concertos (BWV 1046-1051) at the Gardner Museum directed by Paula Robison. As a performer of contemporary music, Ohnishi appeared as a guest artist at the Summer Institute for Contemporary Piano Performance held at the New England Conservatory of Music. She also performed with the Harvard Group for New Music and the Callithumpian Consort.
In 2007, she will be and the complete Brandenburg Concertos at the Gardner Museum in Boston.
Since 2007, Takae Ohnishi has been Lecturer of Harpsichord and Baroque Chamber Music at the University of California, San Diego, and she also taught at the University of San Diego. In 2011-2012, Ohnishi serves as Visiting Artist at the American Academy in Rome. As a lecturer, she has been invited to lecture and give master-classes in Yantai, China, Toho Gakuen School of Music in Tokyo, as well as the Early Music Festival in Fukuoka, Japan and Japan Early Music Performers series. She participated in a lecture series entitled “Historical Performance Practice,” recorded and published by Tokyo’s Muramatsu Gakki company. Her recent recital tour in Japan was broadcast nationally on NHK TV program “Classic Ku-ra-bu.” In the summer of 2004, she was featured as a soloist at the prestigious Ishihara Hall 10th Anniversary Concert series.
Takae Ohnishi's first solo CD “A Harpsichord Recital” was selected as an International Special Prized CD in the Japanese music magazine Record Geijyutsu in 2002. Her recent recital tour in Japan was broadcast nationally on NHK TV in 2006. Her recording of contemporary music is released on Mode and New World Records. Her latest solo disc Goldberg Variations (BWV 988) is released on Bridge Records to critical acclaim.