Aki Takase Master Class in the Budapest Music Center

27 February 2024

The event is open to students of the Liszt Academy and the Bartók Conservatoire with prior registration.

Please note that the master class is cancelled.



Friday 8 March 2024, 10.00–12.00



Budapest Music Center, 1st floor, Library
(H-1093 Budapest, Mátyás utca 8.)


Conditions of participation and application:

The master class is open to students of the Liszt Academy and the Bartók Conservatoire, prior registration is required at Andrea Borzi at borzi.andrea[at]zeneakademia.hu.

Participants should preferably bring an instrument with them.

Jazz students of the Liszt Academy can receive 4 credits for participating by taking the Master Class subject.


Aki Takase


Aki Takase, a Japanese-born pianist who has lived in Berlin for nearly 40 years, is one of the most prominent figures in contemporary European jazz. She has played on more than fifty recordings with the cream of the world's jazz artists and her work has been recognised with numerous prestigious awards, including the German Jazz Preis in 2021 and the Albert-Mangelsdorf Prize.

Renowned for his unmistakably unique playing and his complex and sophisticated approach, Takase has already released three albums on BMC Records: in 2019, his Japanic ensemble released Thema Prima, which has won a string of the jazz world's most prestigious awards; in 2021, she recorded an award-winning duo album with Daniel Erdmann; and last year, she completed her arrangement of Carmen with his quartet.

During the master class, Aki Takase will talk about the idea of improvisation and its theoretical concept. These ideas will be put into practice in a guided improvisation, starting with a graphic score.


Related programme:

Aki Takase: Dedicated to Carla Bley|Aki Takase – For more information about Miklós Lukács’ concert on 8 March at 20:00, click HERE.

The masterclass is supported by the MOL-New Europe Foundation in the framework of the Tuned Up! programme.