Takako Nishizaki won Second Prize (behind Itzhak Perlman) at the Leventritt International Competition. She has since performed extensively as a soloist and has recorded over 100 CDs. Her Four Seasons sold over a million copies, and The Butterfly Lovers Concerto over three million. Nishizaki was the first student to complete the now-famous Suzuki course. In 1962 she went to the United States, where her teachers included Broadus Erle, Joseph Fuchs, Louis Persinger, and Aldo Parisot. Nishizaki owns two Curtin violins.