Takuya Takashima (born in 1978, Kushiro, Hokkaido, Japan) started playing the piano at Kawai Music School and played the trumpet, saxophone and oboe in the schools wind orchestra. He graduated from Sapporo’s Hokkaido University of Education as musical educator in 2001, with Iwasaki Hiromasa from the Sapporo Symphony Orchestra as his teacher. He was on an exchange to the Sibelius Academy in 2000-01, and transferred altogether later. He got his master’s in 2008. Takashima has also been a residential artist at Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris during 2007-08, and studied at the same time with Jacques Tys and Rafael Palacios.
Takashima made his debut as soloist for the Sapporo Symphoy in 1999, playing Richard Strauss oboe concerto. He won first prize in both the Hokkaido International Music Exchange Society-competition (HIMES) and Lahti wind instrument contest in 2000. He got a grant from HIMES and Hokkaido Arts Foundation which made his exchange to Finland possible.
Takashima has worked at the Turku Philharmonic Orchestra since 2001, where he now works as the principal for the oboe section. Previously he has worked as musician and chief executive at the Pacific Music Festival in Sapporo during 2003-2013. He has also performed as a chamber musician and hosted his own recitals in Finland, France and Japan. He recorded improvisational music with the composer Paul Schütz to be a part of Josiah McElhey’s installation “Island Universe”. The exhibition has been out in London’s and Madrid’s art museums. Currently Takashima is a teacher at Turku music institute.