NYU faculty member violinist KIKUEI IKEDA, was born in Yokosuka, Japan and studied violin at the Toho Academy of Music with Saburo Sumi and Josef Gingold, and chamber music with Hideo Saito. While still living in Japan, he performed as soloist with the Yomiuri Symphony, the Tokyo Metropolitan and Tokyo Symphony orchestras, and toured Europe as concertmaster of the Toho String Orchestra. Mr. Ikeda came to the United States in 1971 to study with Dorothy DeLay and members of the Juilliard String Quartet at The Juilliard School of Music, where he was a scholarship student. Mr. Ikeda has been a prizewinner in the Mainichi, NHK and Haken competitions in Japan, the Washington International Competition for Strings in Washington, D.C., and the Vienna da Motta in Portugal. He has performed a Mozart Violin Concerto with the Aspen Chamber Orchestra, given many recitals in Italy, New York and Tokyo, and has performed chamber music with numerous ensembles. He has been a member of the Tokyo String Quartet since 1974, and a faculty member of the Yale School of Music since 1976. As a member of the Tokyo String Quartet, he has released more than 40 landmark recordings. The quartet’s recordings of Brahms, Debussy, Dvorák, Haydn, Mozart, Ravel and Schubert have earned such honors as the Grand Prix du Disque Montreux, "Best Chamber Music Recording of the Year" awards from both Stereo Review and Gramophone magazines and seven Grammy nominations. The Tokyo String Quartet has been featured on numerous television programs, including "Sesame Street," "CBS Sunday Morning," PBS's "Great Performances," "CNN This Morning" and a national television broadcast from the Corcoran Gallery of Art, as well as on the soundtrack for the Sidney Lumet film Critical Care, starring Kyra Sedgwick and James Spader.