Kenneth Ryu Takebe NaitoViolinist
Kenneth Ryu Takebe Naito (Heifetz alumnus 2015-2017, 2019, Heifetz on Tour Spring 2019) is a junior undergraduate from Elkridge, Maryland who is currently studying with Professor Li Lin at the Juilliard School. He previously attended the Juilliard PreCollege program for six years, where he studied with Professors Shirley Givens and Naoko Tanaka. At age 8, he made his solo recital debut at the Peabody Conservatory and his concerto debut at age 11, performing the Bruch Violin Concerto with the Kostroma Symphony Orchestra in Russia. He has performed in many venues including Weill Recital Hall, Merkin Concert Hall, Alice Tully Hall, 92 Y, Franz Liszt House in Weimar, the Terrace Theater at the Kennedy Center, the Music Center at Strathmore, the National Gallery of Art, the Embassy of Japan in Washington D.C., the German Consulate in NYC, and the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, MD. In addition, Kenneth has performed with the Columbia Orchestra (MD), the National Philharmonic Orchestra, the Londontowne Symphony Orchestra (MD) and the United States Army Orchestra.
Recently, he won 1st prize at the Kennett Symphony Young Artist Competition and performed the Barber Violin Concerto with the orchestra in their 2019 season. Other performances include a public masterclass with the Jerusalem Quartet sponsored by the Ryuji Ueno Foundation. Kenneth has had the pleasure of being a Student Artist for the 2017 and 2019 Starling-DeLay Symposium on violin studies held at The Juilliard School. He currently plays on a 1780 Nicola Gagliano loaned by the Ryuji Ueno Foundation. His interests outside of music include earning a Tae-Kwon-Do blackbelt and biking.