After finishing her MA at the Tokyo University of the Arts with the Premier Prix 'Ataka Award', Emiko Tadenuma moved to London to study with Maria Curcio. In 1983 she won the 3rd prize at the Munich International Competition for violin and piano duo together with her husband, Kazuki Sawa.
In 1996, to celebrate their 20th anniversary as a violin-piano duo, Emiko and Kazuki gave a series of recitals in major Japanese cities, London and Munich, which were highly acclaimed.
Emiko has also enjoyed playing as a piano duo with her sister Akemi since 2004. In 2006 they released a CD of favourite pieces for piano duet. In the same year, to celebrate 30 years' anniversary as a duo with Kazuki Sawa, they gave a Beethoven sonata cycle in various cities in Japan and the UK.
Recently she recorded the Schumann and Brahms Piano Quintets with the Henschel Quartet and in the 2014/15 season Kazuki & Emiko released four CDs recorded live with the complete violin/viola and piano duos of Schubert, Schumann and Brahms. Emiko Tadenuma currently teaches at the Senzoku Gakuen College of Music and the Toho Gakuen College of Music and Drama in Japan. She has been a regular guest at LDSM since 2001.
*See the panel on the right for details of her duo recital in the 2016 LDSM festival.