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Section Principal

Takuya Takashima

Takuya Takashima (born in Kushiro, Hokkaido, Japan) started playing the piano at Kawai Music School and played the trumpet, saxophone and oboe in the schools wind orchestra. He graduated from Hokkaido University of Education, Sapporo in 2001 with Iwasaki Hiromasa from the Sapporo Symphony Orchestra as his teacher. Takashima came to Finland as an exchange student at the Sibelius Academy, studied with Jouko Teikari and graduated as Master of Music in 2008. Takashima has also been a residential artist at the Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris during 2007-08, and studied the oboe with Jacques Tys and the baroque oboe with Rafael Palacios.

Takashima made his debut as soloist for the Sapporo Symphoy Orchestra in 1999, playing Richard Strauss oboe concerto. He won first prize in both the Hokkaido International Music Exchange Society-competition (HIMES) and Lahti wind instrument competition in 2000. He got grants from HIMES and Hokkaido Arts Foundation which supported his exchange to Finland.

Takashima has worked at the Turku Philharmonic Orchestra since 2001, where he now works as the principal oboe player. Previously he has studies as academy member, worked as musician and orchestra manager at the Pacific Music Festival in Sapporo during 2005-13. He has also performed as a soloist, chamber musician in Finland, France, South Korea and Japan. He recorded improvisational music with the composer Paul Schütz to be a part of Josiah McElhey’s installation “Island Universe”. The exhibition has been out in London’s and Madrid’s art museums. He recorded Hans Gál's Trio for oboe, violin and viola op.94 with violist Hanna Pakkala and violinist Reijo Tunkkari (Toccata Classic, 2019). He has been playing as guest principal oboe player at such as the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, the orchestra of Finnish National Opera and Ballet, Tapiola sinfonietta, Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra, Norwegian Radio Orchestra and Norwegian National Opera – Ballet orchestra. He has been teaching at Turku region music school and masterclasses. He teaches at Sibelius Academy.