Tokyo-born violinist and teacher David Takeno is the winner of this year’s Association of British Orchestras (ABO) Award. The presentation was made at the Derby Assembly Rooms on 17 February as part of the ABO annual conference.
Takeno, who holds the post of Eugène Ysaÿe international chair of violin at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, said upon receiving the award, ‘It is indeed a great honour to receive the ABO Award for 2010. The Association of British Orchestras does wonders for spreading culture throughout the country and as culture is the soul of the nation, the association provides valuable inspiration to people of all walks of life. This tremendous award encourages me, even more, to nurture and expand the talents of this country.’

ABO chairman Simon Taylor added, ‘For the last 35 years David Takeno has devoted his life to teaching violin and viola at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. During that time he has trained and inspired literally hundreds of musicians who have gone on to be distinguished soloists, concert masters and orchestra players all over the world, but particularly in Britain. The ABO was delighted to be able to make its annual award to someone who has contributed so much, in such a tangible way, to the excellence of British orchestral music making.’