Atsuko Takano

Second Prize, Westfield International Organ Competition 2013

Atsuko Takano (b. 1984) studied piano with O. Uehara and organ with T. Akatsu-Miyamoto at the Ferris University in Japan, obtaining the Prix d’Excellence. While at the Ferris she studied at the Hochschule für Künste Bremen under the exchange program where she continued her organ studies with H. Vogel and H. Davidsson. Atsuko finished her exam with the highest marks. In 2009, she began further studies at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam with Jacques van Oortmerssen being awarded the prestigious Huygens Scholarship offered by the Dutch Minister for Education, Culture and Science. During this period she performed for Dutch radio and also participated in several orchestral projects. She won the second prize in the International Arp Schnitger Organ Competition in Germany. In 2012 she gave her master final recital at St. Bavokerk in Haarlem and obtained Cum Laude. She has played many concerts in Germany, Italy, Japan, Spain, the Netherlands and the USA. Takano currently continues her doctoral studies at the University of Valencia in Spain. More information about Takano and her schedule can be found at her website,