April 10th brings us a quintet with the Parker Quartet and Kikuei Ikeda as the additional violist. Ikeda is well known to our audiences as a violinist, having played on our stage many times over the years as a member of the Tokyo String Quartet.
Born in Yokosuka, Japan, Ikeda studied at the Toho Academy of Music. There he studied the violin, chamber music, and conducting. He performed with the Yomiuri Symphony and the Tokyo Metropolitan and Tokyo Symphony orchestras. In 1971, he came to the U.S. and The Juilliard School of Music on a scholarship where he studied with members of the Juilliard String Quartet.
He joined the Tokyo String Quartet in 1974 and became a faculty member of the Yale school of music in 1976. He has been a part of over 40 CD recordings with the Tokyo String Quartet along with live performances too many to count! When the Tokyo disbanded last season, Ikeda decided to take up the viola for performance. We are looking forward to hearing him live once again!