16th - 21st Century's Bassoon Player
Takako Kunugi is very active bassoon player based in Europe, her recent activity is playing historical instruments from her collection which widely covers 16th century to 19th century, nearly ten different kind of bassoons from each era, and countries. Takako plays those instruments in Orchestra, Opera, Chamber music, Theater on stage, especially Takako plays chamber music with outstanding musicians who are musically and academically leading musician today, such as The Boxwood & Brass(Emily Worthington Clarinet), Olga Pschenko Piano.
And the study in Amsterdam
Since Takako moved to Amsterdam to continue her studies at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam where she studied modern bassoon with Ronald Karten and baroque bassoon with Benny Aghassi. In 2011, she received a Masters diploma with honoured cum laude and a year later she received her Bachelor diploma of baroque bassoon.
She continues to be based in Amsterdam and regularly performs as a solo bassoon player with some of the worlds leading ensembles and musical leader including;
Bach Collegium Japan (Masaaki Suzuki),
Yokohama Sinfonietta (Kazuki Yamada),
The Nieuwe Philharmonie Utrecht,
The Holland Baroque Society,
The Symphonie Atlantiques,
Die Kölner Akademie,
Die Wiener Akadimie (Martin Haselböck),
De Nederlandse Bachvereniging (Jos van Veldhoven),
Le Cercle de L’Harmonie(Jérémie Rhorer),
The Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique (Sir John Eliot Gardiner),
The Gabrieli Consort & Players (Paul McCreesh)
B’Rock Orchestra (René Jacobs)
The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
Takako was born and grown in Japan began her studies on modern bassoon at the Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music, discovering baroque bassoon after her graduation. In 2000 she was the winner of the woodwind section Tokyo Bunka Kaikan Debut Concert competition as well as performing with a number of orchestras including the Tokyo Kosei Wind Orchestra, where she was principal bassoon, the Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra and the Bach Collegium Japan.
Recently she gave masterclasses for historical performance on the historical bassoon and chamber music in Mexico and Argentina. In 2014 she started building Curtals.