A native of Yokohama, Japan, pianist Eriko Takahashi has big interest for less known or forgotten works and also contemporary music. She has given several first performances including the largest piece which was written for her, and plays also own compositions.
At the age of 11 she performed with Roland Bader and Capella Cracoviensis in a concert in Tokyo. In 2013 she appeared in the anniversary concert of Benjamin Britten at the Brucknerhaus in Linz. As a soloist, chamber music player and song accompanist, she appeared in numerous concerts in Austria, Germany, France, Poland and in Japan.
She was a judge in the international piano competition "Clavis St. Petersburg 2017". Since 2020 she is a member of Japan Finland Contemporary Music Society.
She has been awarded especially at the following international piano competitions: “Cittá di Barletta” (Italy 2014), “Premio Accademia Giovani” (Rome 2015), the Julian Cochran Piano Competition (Warsaw 2015) and "Music and Earth" (Sofia 2019). In 2015 she is awarded a scholarship from the Rotary Club Wels.
After her graduation at the Toho Gakuen School of Music in Tokyo, Takahashi moved to Austria and completed a Master of Arts degree in piano under Gottfried Hemetsberger, and chamber music under Till Alexander Körber at the Anton Bruckner Private University in Linz, where she also studied instrumental pedagogy, and received fortepiano lessons from Wolfgang Brunner. She studied contemporary music with Joonas Ahonen and other members of the "Klangforum Wien" at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Graz. She received also composing lessons from Ari Romppanen. She participated in numerous piano master classes, especially by Jan Jiracek von Arnim, Jacques Rouvier and Anna Malikova.