Grace Takeda, Viola

Grace is passionate about maintaining a well-rounded career as a violist and artist. Her performance career has taken her worldwide from the US, Canada, Europe, and Asia. Most recently she was featured on a tour with Curtis on Tour with concerts in Athens, Berlin, and Madrid. For as long as she can remember, string quartets have been a passion for her, and has been playing quartets professionally from 2021-2023 with the Vera Quartet. They have held residencies at the Harpa International Music Academy, Colorado Music Festival, Music from Angel Fire, and the Perlman Music Program. From 2020 to 2022, Grace was working on developing her passion project, Project Storytelling, which is a program, for elementary-aged students, that uses story elements to connect music and literacy education with an overarching goal of encouraging a love for music and reading. Her project has reached over 200 kids in two years in Camden, Philadelphia, and Detroit through partnerships with the Curtis Institute of Music, Symphony in C, Philadelphia School District, Brilliant Detroit, and the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. She has also done administrative work for the New York-based non-profit organization, Musical Mentors Collaborative. She has degrees from McGill University, The Juilliard School, and the Curtis Institute of Music where she was awarded the Dean’s Award for Achievement in Career Studies. Grace is currently on a one-year contract with the Minnesota Orchestra in the viola section but has also performed with ensembles such as the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, the Philadelphia Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, the Philadelphia Ballet, and the Princeton Symphony. Her main mentors have been; Misha Amory, Roberto Diaz, Mark Fewer, Edward Gazouleas, Hsin-Yun Huang, Denise Lupien, Andre Roy, and Steve Tenenbom. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, training for races, and binging TV shows.


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