Duo Friedrich - Biografie

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Eriko Takezawa was born in Hiroshima/ Japan. She studied with Naoyuki Taneda and Wolfgang Manz in Germany.

In 1984 she was awarded the first prize at the international pianoforte competition in Ostuni/ Italy and many prizes as pianoduo with her pianopartner Christoph Sischka. Besides solo and pianoduo repertory she is specialist for chamber music and has played in Europe, Near and Far East in Japan, Korea, Taiwan, Indonesia, Israel, Egypt and at many festivals like Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival, Lucerne-Musikfestival and Schwetzinger Festspiele.

She has professorships at the University of Music Karlsruhe/ Germany, at Musikakademie Basel/ Switzerland and at “Musikene” in San Sebastián/ Spain and accompanies at many international competitions in Germany, Netherlands, France, Italy, Czech Republic and Poland.


Since his second prize in the international ARD competition in Munich in 1986 Reinhold Friedrich has been present on all important stages of the national and international music scene. His spectrum goes from the latest solo compositions to ancient music and its historical original instruments, such as the baroque trumpet and the keyed trumpet.

He has played with Capriccio Basel, the Orchestre des Champs-Élysées or the Vienna Academy on historical original instruments as well as performing the works (world premieres) of contemporary composers like Wolfgang Rihm, Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, Rebecca Saunders, Hans Werner Henze, Nicolaus A. Huber, and Adriana Hölszky. Soloparts as there are Eirene by Herbert Willi and Nobody knows de trouble I see by Bernd Alois Zimmermann (awarded Echo Classic) are for him extremely important parts of his wide-ranging repertoire.

As a solo player, he gave concerts with ensembles such as Berliner Barock-Solisten, La Stagione Frankfurt, Wiener Kammerorchester, Bamberger Symphoniker, Orchestre Philharmonique de la Radio France, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra and German Radio Orchestras of the NDR and HR. These performances were conducted by, among others, Claudio Abbado (†), Philippe Herreweghe, Semyon Bychkov, Dennis Russell Davies, Reinhard Goebel, Peter Eötvös, Dmitri Kitajenko, Martin Hasebröck, Christopher Hogwood, Eliahu Inbal, Krystjan and Neeme Järvi, Sir Neville Marriner, Ingo Metzmacher, Jonathan Nott, Kazushi Ono and Hans Zender. Since its founding in 2003, Reinhold Friedrich is a permanent principal trumpet of the Lucerne Festival Orchestra under the direction of Claudio Abbado (†) and artistic director of the Lucerne Festival Orchestra Brass Ensemble.

His recent partners in the field of chamber music are Robyn Schulkowsky (percussion), Eriko Takezwa (piano), András Schiff (piano), and Sebastian Küchler-Blessing (organ), as well as Martin Lücker (organ). Since its foundation in 2013, he performs in the ensemble “L’éventail de Jeanne” together with Claudio Bohórquez (violoncello), Sascha Armbruster (saxophone) and Eriko Takezawa (piano).

In the past season Reinhold Friedrich performed in China, Denmark, France, Great Britain, Canada, Sweden, Spain and Thailand with ensembles like Berliner Barock Solisten, Musica Angelica Baroque Orchestra, Aarhus Symphony Orchestra, Gävle Sinfonie Orchester, Orchestra Symphonique de Québec and Welsh National Orchestra.

Numerous recordings give evidence of his comprehensive work. The latest recording with the Göttinger Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Christoph-Mathias Mueller called “Russian Trumpet Concertos” has been awarded an ECHO Classic.

Reinhold Friedrich is professor in Karlsruhe, honorary professor at the Royal Academy of Music in London, guest professor at the Royal Academy of Music in Aarhus and at the Elisabethen Music School in Hiroshima. Master classes were held by Reinhold Friedrich all over the world. In 2015 he will become president of the jury of the Deutsche Hochschulpreis.