Akane Takada is a Japanese pianist living in the Netherlands, graduated from Tokyo College of Music, The Royal Conservatory of The Hague, and Rotterdam Conservatory with M.A. in piano. She studied with Ellen Corver, Aquiles Delle Vigne and Stéphane De May. As a soloist she received the 1st prize in Competition Prix de Harmonie 2011 in Rotterdam, played the triple concerto of Beethoven with Codarts string orchestra (conducted by Arie van Beek) in De Doelen in 2010, and Scarlatti sonatas in the Anton Philipszaal (broadcasted Radio 4). In 2013 she was invited to the Festival Son in Madrid and Peñafiel Milenio celebrating the 1000th years of the foundation of the city, and she performed music by Spanish composers including Angel Arranz.
Her master research includes contemporary piano repertoire and she has studied Stockhausen's piano works with Ellen Corver. In 2009 she was admitted to the Ligeti Academy instructed by ASKO | Schoenberg Ensemble where she concentrated on ensemble repertoire with conductors and composers such as Emilio Pomarico, Reinbert de Leeuw, Louis Andriessen and Brian Ferneyhough. She has also developed her musical skill through learning the Koto (a Japanese traditional instrument) and Javanese Gamelan. Both as a pianist and toy-pianist she is active in premiering pieces by living composers at international music festivals and master classes.