The first Japanese musician ever to play the ondes Martenot as a solo instrument, Takashi Harada performs extensively as a soloist. In addition, he established the first ondes Martenot school in Asia in 2001, and with his development of an instrumental vocabulary and expansion of the repertoire for the ondes Martenot, Harada has been very actively involved in the cultivation of the next generation of ondists.
In the field of contemporary music, Harada is in the creative forefront. With the richness of his widely varied works, including music for movies, TV, animation and games, he has firmly established his standing as a composer. He has received numerous awards including the Idemitsu Music Prize, the Yokohama Culture Award, and the Music PEN Club Award.
Messiaen’s Turangalila-symphonie is one of the most famous, and the most frequently performed, work featuring the ondes Martenot as a central instrument. In 2008, the Messiaen anniversary year, Harada performed Turangalila-symphonie with the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra, NHK Symphony Orchestra, Kyushu Symphony Orchestra, PMF Orchestra, Orchestra of the Opera National de Lyon, and Boston Symphony Orchestra. To date he has performed the work over 330 times in 20 countries.
Harada composed the music for the latest (2012) edition of the original video animation One Off, directed by Junichi Sato.
Upcoming concerts with Takashi Harada
Takashi Harada – Ondes Martenot: Waveforms – 6/21 & 6/25
with Mark Robson – piano, Kojiro Umezake – shakuhachi. Music by Messiaen and othersView Event - Takashi Harada – Ondes Martenot: Waveforms – 6/21 & 6/25