Dr. Aleksei Takenouchi is a concert pianist, teacher of prize winning students, and music writer who has published many articles. He graduated one of the top universities, Northwestern University, in 1987 with Doctor of Music Degree in Performance with distinction. He has been teaching since 1981 when he became assistant teacher at Northwestern University. Later he taught at Idyllwild School of Music and the Arts for gifted children. He has prepared students to win many competitions. He can accelerate student’s progress because of his rich experience. Aleksei has given many Master Classes in Japan, Germany, United States, and Finland. In September 2007, Aleksei went to International Viardo Piano Competition in Texas just after recuperating from a near fatal car accident. There he was awarded special award for outstanding quality of playing by world famous Dan Tai Song, gold medalist of Int’l Chopin Competition in Warsaw, V. Viardo Gold Medalist of Van Cliburn Competition and other famous pianist. His students have included Marc Yu who performed with Lang Lang at Royal Albert Hall, London, Carnegie Hall as well as the Segerstrom Hall. Other students have also played at the main hall, the Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage of Carnegie Hall.