Violinist Yoko Takebe joined the New York Philharmonic in 1979. A former member of the Philadelphia Orchestra, her early training in Tokyo included music and traditional Japanese dance. While attending the Toho School of Music, she was a pupil of Saburo Sumi and Hideo Saito. At age 13, Ms. Takebe won the Japanese National Music Competition. She graduated from the Juilliard School as a student of Ivan Galamian and continued her studies in Switzerland with Joseph Szigeti. Ms. Takebe is a frequent participant in the New York Philharmonic Ensembles and is on the faculty of The Manhattan School of Music. Her husband, Michael Gilbert, is a former member of the Philharmonic's violin section.
“In 2001 our son, Alan Gilbert, made his conducting debut with the Philharmonic. It was really exciting to see his picture on the cover of the program book. And the first time he walked on stage for the concerts was quite special for me.”