Mika Takehara is one of the most interesting percussion and marimba soloist of today with her sensitive musical style and dance like performances.
Mika Takehara has after making her debut as marimba soloist with the Kroumata Ensemble in 1998 and shortly afterwards performing at the International Percussion Event, organized in conjunction with Stockholm’s year as Cultural Capitol of Europe, established herself as a soloist, appearing frequently with concerts in Sweden, Japan and all over Europe.
Mika also plays with the Saito Kinen Orchestra and the Mito Chamber Orchestra under Maestro Seiji Ozawa.
Mika Takehara graduated Toho Gakuen college of Music in Tokyo Japan after percussion/timpani studies for Prof. Yoshitaka Kobayashi, Kyoichi Sano and Akikuni Takahashi and marimba studies for the wold famous marimba virtuoso Keiko Abe.
Mika received her Research Diploma at Toho Gakuen in 1997 and got invited by professor Anders Loguin at the Royal University College of Music in Stockholm to attend the college as a guest student. After four years of studies in Stockholm she graduated from the soloist diploma course with the highest honors in 2001, giving her diploma concert with the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra.
In September 2009 Mika Takehara debut as soloist with the Berliner Philharmonic Orchestra under Maestro Gustavo Dudamel toghether with the group “Glorious Percussion” in Sofia Gubaidulina’s Percussion Concerto “Glorious Percussion” (from witch the group has taken their name). The piece was first performed together with the Gothenbourg Symphony Orchestra earlier under 2009 and she has since played with orchestras all over Europe such as Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra, Lucern Philharmonic Orchestra and Dresden Philharmonic Orchestra Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, Netherlands Radio Orchestra and Los Angels Philharmonic Orchestra etc.
Mika Takehara released a solo album “Thirteen Drums” from BIS Record.