Kumi Takahara

東京生まれ、国立音楽大学弦楽器専修首席卒業。ヴァイオリニストのコンサート映像を見て、3歳からヴァイオリンを始める。大学卒業後ウィーンに渡り、研鑽を積みながらヨーロッパ各地で様々なレコーディングやコンサートに参加。この頃から弦楽器の可能性をクラシック以外にも求め、自身の作曲活動もスタートさせる。帰国後はクラシックでの演奏活動と並行し、アーティストのサポートや楽曲提供、プロデュースから映像作品のディレクションに至るまで、演奏のみに留まらない多岐に渡る活動を展開。多様な音楽との対話を通して、現代音楽の要素を随所に感じさせつつも、淡い色彩をまとった静謐な作品を制作している。

Learning violin since the age of three, Tokyo artist Kumi Takahara went on to study classical music, graduating top of her class from Kunitachi College of Music. But away from academia, music only became truly important to Takahara after her sister passed away suddenly. It was through music that she was able to fill the void in her heart.

After a dissatisfying job within the world of classical music in Japan, Takahara decided to move to Vienna to continue her studies. There she was able to tour Europe, playing violin in classical concerts throughout the continent. Now based in Tokyo, she continues to play in classical concerts and has contributed her talents to the music of many artists, including aus, Anoice, KASHIWA Daisuke, Shione Yukawa, Tomohiko Gondo, World’s End Girlfriend,  and many more. See-Through is her debut solo album, four years in the making.

photo by Repeat Pattern

DISCOGRAPHY

ALBUM

See-Through (FLAU, 2021)

PRESS QUOTES

Kumi Takahara

JAPAN

東京生まれ、国立音楽大学弦楽器専修首席卒業。ヴァイオリニストのコンサート映像を見て、3歳からヴァイオリンを始める。大学卒業後ウィーンに渡り、研鑽を積みながらヨーロッパ各地で様々なレコーディングやコンサートに参加。この頃から弦楽器の可能性をクラシック以外にも求め、自身の作曲活動もスタートさせる。帰国後はクラシックでの演奏活動と並行し、アーティストのサポートや楽曲提供、プロデュースから映像作品のディレクションに至るまで、演奏のみに留まらない多岐に渡る活動を展開。多様な音楽との対話を通して、現代音楽の要素を随所に感じさせつつも、淡い色彩をまとった静謐な作品を制作している。

Learning violin since the age of three, Tokyo artist Kumi Takahara went on to study classical music, graduating top of her class from Kunitachi College of Music. But away from academia, music only became truly important to Takahara after her sister passed away suddenly. It was through music that she was able to fill the void in her heart.

After a dissatisfying job within the world of classical music in Japan, Takahara decided to move to Vienna to continue her studies. There she was able to tour Europe, playing violin in classical concerts throughout the continent. Now based in Tokyo, she continues to play in classical concerts and has contributed her talents to the music of many artists, including aus, Anoice, KASHIWA Daisuke, Shione Yukawa, Tomohiko Gondo, World’s End Girlfriend,  and many more. See-Through is her debut solo album, four years in the making.

photo by Repeat Pattern