Main chronology
1969Graduated from Tokyo University of the Arts, Faculty of Music, Department of Composition.
1970Best Prize for Composition by "Construction for Orchestra" in NHK-Mainichi Music Competition.
1971After graduating from the Tokyo University of the Arts Graduate School of Composition Laboratory, moved to France as a French government-sponsored international student.
Entered the composition department of the National Conservatory of Music in Paris (Conservatoire) and studied under Olivier Messiaen.
1972A self-made orchestra music premiered by the Paris Conservatory Orchestra. (Salle Gaveau)
1973He made his debut as an improvisational (Free Jazz) pianist in Paris, and has been described as "The best pianist that can be heard currently in France", and has since performed numerous concerts throughout Europe.
European debut album "Homage to Peace" released in France.
1974Released Japan debut album "Jazz a Maison de Japon, Paris" from Trio Records.
1976Graduated from the National Academy of Music in Paris with a Prix de Composition.
1977Japan debut concert was held at Tokyo ABC Hall. (Guest: Masahiko Togashi, Sumire Yoshihara, Others)
1978Formed piano trio TOK with Oliver Johnson (Drs.) And Kent Carter (B.).
1979Released "Paradox" from the German ECM label worldwide. He was the first Japanese to release from ECM.
The first piano solo concert was held at the Caen Music Festival in France.
1980Moved the base from France to Japan.
1981Received the Arts Festival Excellence Award for composing the musical "Hikari no Kanata ni (Beyond the Light)".
1984The hall's first jazz concert "Dialogue with the Piano" sponsored by the Tokyo Bunka Kaikan.
1985"Poésie ∼ Greensleeves" was used in a commercial for Nikka Whiskey and became a big hit.
1986Released the piano suite "Klee" with the impression of Paul Klee's paintings.
Since then, he has held many museum concerts, including the Ohara Museum of Art (Kurashiki).
Appeared in "Japanese Avant-Garde Exhibition" at the invitation of the Center Pompidou in Paris.
The Köln Concert at the invitation of the German broadcaster.
1987Conducted his own work "Concerto for Koto and Orchestra" at the 3rd Tokyo Music Joy.
Invited to the Montpellier Music Festival in Southern France for a solo concert.
1988Received the "Japan Jazz Award" sponsored by Swing Journal for the album "Scroll".
1989Announced "Apocalypse" (directed by Ushio Amagatsu) in collaboration with Izmael Ivo (dancer) and premiered in Tokyo–Vienna.
Performed at a music festival in Canada (Vancouver Calgary).
1990The symphonic poem "Spring ∼ Homage To Flowers" by piano and orchestra premiered at The International Garden and Greenery Exposition in Osaka.
1991Released "Estampe Sonore", a piano suite with the theme of ukiyo-e prints by Hokusai and Hiroshige.
In charge of music for the Belgian, Spanish and French collaboration film "On the Earth in Heaven" (directed by Marion Hansel).
1992Premiere of the musical poetry "Kenji Kara Kikoeru Ongaku" based on the work of Kenji Miyazawa.
Invited to Documenta 1992 (Kassel, Germany).
Piano solo concert tour in 5 ASEAN countries (Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Brunei). (Sponsored by The Japan Foundation)
1993A concert including a dialogue with architect Tadao Ando at "Le Temple De L'eau".
USA debut solo concert at Carnegie Hall (Weill Recital Hall).
1994Released the album "Plélu de de l'eau" in the United States and performed in New York at the American Museum of Natural History.
1995In charge of music for NHK Special "The 20th Century In Moving Images", and made a soundtrack CD.
Invited to Estonia's "Orient '95 Festival" to perform a solo concert and witness the European premiere of his own work "Concerto for Koto and Orchestra".
In charge of music for Sankai Juku "Hiyomeki" (premiere: Paris City Theater), and became involved in the music of Sankai Juku's new works.
1996A solo concert inviting from Russia (recital at the Moscow Conservatory Grand Hall / Others), China, India, Nepal, and Sri Lanka to visit five countries. (Sponsored by The Japan Foundation)
1997Announced the concert "Layers of the Color" with 4 pianos and 4 contrabass. (Director: Ushio Amagatsu)
In charge of the theme music for NHK "Document Nippon".
1998At the 22nd Montreal World Film Festival in Canada, the Best Artistic Contribution Award for the composition of the Grand Prix winning work "The Quarry" (directed by Marion Hansel, Belgium).
In charge of music for "Romeo and Juliet" (directed by Nonon Padalia) produced by Tokyu Bunkamura Theater Cocoon.
Released the album "Pressentiments" and performed at 15 locations nationwide in addition to Kioi Hall in Tokyo.
1999Released the album "Moments Tranquilles" and performed at Sumida Triphony Hall in Tokyo, Izumi Hall in Osaka and others.
Solo concerts in Brazil, Argentina, Czech Republic, Hungary and France (Paris). (Sponsored by The Japan Foundation)
2000In charge of the theme music for NHK's "Ningen Document".
Released the album "Is Paris Burning" (NHK Special "The 20th Century In Moving Images" Complete Edition).
Directed by Hideaki Anno, in charge of music for the movie "ritual".
Premiered the suite "The 20th Century In Moving Images" in Tokyo and Osaka. (New Japan Philharmonic Orchestra, Osaka Century Symphony Orchestra, Conductor: Seikyo Kim)
2001In charge of music for the movie "Taiga no Itteki (A Single Drop of Water in a Mighty River)" (written by Hiroyuki Itsuki and directed by Seijiro Kamiyama).
Composed the main theme for the movie "Shiroi Inu to Waltz o (To Dance with the White Dog)".
Released the album "Scene" (a collection of film music works for 10 years from 1992 to 2001) and performed a concert tour.
Participate in "Live Image" (until 2012)
2002In charge of music for the movie "Amidado Dayori (Letter from the Mountain)" (directed by Takashi Koizumi).
Released the album "Waltz with the Wind" and performed commemorative concerts in Tokyo, Osaka and Nagoya.
2003Received the 57th Mainichi Film Award "Music Award" and the 26th Japan Academy Prize "Excellent Music Award" for the music of the movie "Amidado Dayori (Letter from the Mountain)".
Released an album "Anniversary" to commemorate the 30th anniversary of Paris debut, and held a commemorative concert at Suntory Hall and other venues in Tokyo.
2004In charge of music for the 45th anniversary drama "Shiroi Kyotou (The Great White Tower)" of Fuji Television.
Released the original CD "Shiroi Kyotou (The Great White Tower) ∼ Complete".
Composed the music for "Abordage" (produced by Kansai Yamamoto, Super Show) and performed at Nippon Budokan.
2005Composed the theme for NHK Special "Nippon no Gunzo, 20 Years for the Revival".
Composed the school song for Miyagi Prefectural Kesennuma High School.
2006In charge of music for the movie "Hakase no Aishita Sushiki (The Housekeeper and the Professor)" (written by Yoko Ogawa, directed by Takashi Koizumi).
The premiere of "Kumano Kodo" commissioned by Mie Prefecture will be broadcast by NHK Hi-Vision and will be made into a DVD entitled "Melody in this hand".
Invited to the Austrian "Impulsdanz festival", he toured the Vienna Volks Theater and Stuttgart for the third time in 14 years with "Apocalypse".
Released the piano solo album "PIANO" for the first time in 13 years, and performed recitals at Tokyo Suntory Hall and others.
2007Performed piano solo at Kinkakuji Temple in Kyoto.
Released the album "Kumano Kodo" and performed concerts at Tokyo Orchard Hall and others.
2008In charge of music for the movie "Ashita e no yuigon (Best Wishes for Tomorrow)" (written by Shohei Ooka and directed by Takashi Koizumi).
To commemorate the 35th anniversary of his debut, he performed "Apocalypse" for the first time in 16 years at Tokyo Theater Cocoon.
2009Released a piano solo album "SILENT GARDEN" and performed recitals at the Tokyo Opera City Concert Hall and others.
2010In charge of music for the movie "Saigo no Chushingura (The Last Ronin)" (written by Shoichiro Ikegami, directed by Shigemichi Sugita).
"Vermilion Scape" commissioned by Orchestra Ensemble Kanazawa will be premiered in the world.
Formed the piano quartet "Takashi Kako Quartet" and released the first album "QUARTET" and performed debut concert at Tokyo Opera City and others.
2011In charge of music for the movie "Taiheiyou no Kiseki (Oba: The Last Samurai)" (directed by Hideyuki Hirayama).
Performed japan tour of "Takashi Kako Quartet 2011" at Tokyo Kioi Hall and others.
2012Received the 35th Japan Academy Prize for Outstanding Music for the music of the movie "Saigo no Chushingura (The Last Ronin)".
2013The album "Anthology" commemorating the 40th anniversary of Paris debut and the second album "QUARTET II" by Takashi Kako Quartet were released at the same time.
Performed a concert tour to commemorate the 40th anniversary of Paris debut at Tokyo Suntory Hall and others.
Participated in "THE PIANIST COMPOSER PIANIST FESTIVAL 2013" and performed in Tokyo and Osaka.
2014Takashi Kako Quartet's first European tour in France, Italy and Spain.
Participated in "THE PIANIST COMPOSER PIANIST FESTIVAL 2014" and THE PIANIST Premium 2014 Xmas.
Performed a solo concert "Play Klee and Hokusai" at Tokyo Suntory Hall and others.
2015Received the 38th Japan Academy Prize for Outstanding Music for the music of the movie "Higurashi no Ki (A Samurai Chronicle)".
Special appearance in "live image 15".
Performed a solo concert "KLEE ∼ Poem of the color and the shape".
2017Received the 68th Japan Broadcasting Corporation Broadcast Culture Prize.