Aki Takahashi began the study of piano at the age of five with her mother and later entered Tokyo University of the Arts. Since her first public recital in 1970, she has been active in the field of new music and composers including John Cage, Morton Feldman, Isang Yun, Joji Yuasa, Toshi Ichiyanagi, Carl Stone, Maki Ishii and Takehisa Kosugi have created works for her. Takahashi has toured extensively throughout the U.S., Europe and Asia appearing in numerous recitals and international festivals including the Berlin Festival Week, the Paris Autumn Festival, the Holland Festival, New Music America, Berlin’s Meta Musik and the First New York Festival of the Arts. She is also active as a member of Sound Space ARK, a contemporary music ensemble, and as director of the “New Ears” concert series. She received the first Kyoto Music Award in 1986. Takahashi “plays with wonderful delicacy and concentration. To commit these small musical acts one after the other over long periods of time requires a virtuosity beyond scales and arpeggios” (New York Times).