Kikuei Ikeda, violinist, was born in Yokosuka and studied violin at the Toho Academy of Music with Saburo Sumi and Josef Gingold, and chamber music with Hideo Saito. While still living in Japan, he performed as soloist with the Yomiuri Symphony, the Tokyo Metropolitan and Tokyo Symphony orchestras, and toured Europe as concertmaster of the Toho String Orchestra.
Mr. Ikeda came to the United States in 1971. He studied with Dorothy DeLay and members of the Juilliard String Quartet at the Juilliard School of Music, where he was a scholarship student. Mr. Ikeda was a prizewinner in the Mainichi, NHK, and Haken competitions in Japan, the Washington International Competition for Strings in Washington, D.C., and the Vienna da Motta in Portugal. He has played the Mozart Violin Concerto with the Aspen Chamber Orchestra, given many recitals in Italy, New York ,and Tokyo, and has performed chamber music with numerous ensembles.
He has been the member of the Tokyo String Quartet since 1974, and the faculty member of the Yale school of music since 1976. As a member of the Tokyo String Quartet, he has released more than 40 landmark recordings, and its recordings of Brahms, Debussy, Dvorák, Haydn, Mozart, Ravel, and Schubert have earned such honors as the Grand Prix du Disque Montreux, Best Chamber Music Recording of the Year awards from both Stereo Review and Gramophone magazines, and 70 Grammy nominations.
The Tokyo String Quartet has been featured on numerous television programs, including “Sesame Street,” “CBS Sunday Morning,” PBS’s “Great Performances,” “CNN This Morning” and a national television broadcast from the Corcoran Gallery of Art, as well as on the soundtrack for the Sidney Lumet film Critical Care.