Takatsugu Hagiwara – Tuba

Takatsugu (“Taka”) Hagiwara, the VSO’s principal, delivered the work’s virtuosity, showing off the instrument in unexpected ways. More than that, he played this neo-Romantic work with a warm lyricism and natural musicality that made for a most rewarding musical experience. Rutland Herald

A native of Japan, Takatsugu Hagiwara received his Bachelor of Music degree from Showa College of Music in Japan, Graduate Performance Diploma from Boston Conservatory, and Master of Music degree from Boston University College of Fine Arts. His principal teachers include Chitate Kagawa, Kensuke Yao, Andrew Miller, Charles Villarrubia, Geralyn Coticone and Mike Roylance.  In addition to his solo and orchestral studies, Mr. Hagiwara has studied chamber music with Morihide Makino andmembers of the American Brass Quintet.

Mr. Hagiwara has appeared as soloist with the Vermont Symphony Orchestra and won several solo competitions including the Harvey G. Phillips Memorial Competition and the concerto competitions at Boston University and the Boston Conservatory.

Mr. Hagiwara is Principal Tuba for both the Vermont Symphony Orchestra and Symphony New Hampshire and a member of the Majestic Brass Quintet.  In addition has performed with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Boston Pops Orchestra, Boston Modern Orchestra Project, Odyssey Opera, Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra, Albany Symphony Orchestra, Rhode Island Philharmonic and Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra.

He has also performed as a member of the Star Wars Symphony Orchestra for the touring production “Star Wars in Concert” North American Tour in 2009 and 2010, including performances in the US, Mexico and Canada.

A versatile musician, for many years, he could be seen regularly playing Dixieland/New Orleans Second Line band with the Hot Tamale Brass Band before Boston Red Sox home games at Fenway Park.