Monday, July 20, 7 p.m.
Preconcert carillon tours and demonstrations 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. (every 15 minutes)
Toru Takao graduated in 2000 from Kwansei Gakuin University in Japan, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in German language. After his academic studies, he spent a year in Los Angeles, and another year in Germany, doing volunteer work. In Germany, he was introduced to the carillon. From 2002 to 2008, he studied carillon at the Utrecht Conservatory in the Netherlands, studying with Arie Abbenes, Bernard Winsemius, and Frans Haagen. He received a bachelor of music degree in 2006 and master of music diploma in 2008. He has given carillon recitals worldwide in countries including Ireland, Spain, and Poland. Since 2012, he and his wife, Katarzyna Takao-Piastowska, have restarted regular carillon recitals in Emmerich, Germany.