Born in 1945 Takayoshi Wanami started playing the violin at the age of four, studying under Kichinosuke Tsuji, Saburo Sumi, Toshiya Eto. In 1962 he won the 31st All Japan Music Competition. Subsequently, he has won top prizes at the Concours Long Thibaud in Paris and the Carl Flesch International Competition in London. Other awards he has received include the Agency of Cultural Affairs Art Festival Excellence Award, the Mobile Music Award and the Suntory Music Award.
As one of the representative violinist of Japan, he has been playing with numerous major orchestras in and out of the country. In addition, his variegated activities include performances in "The Christmas Bach Series" and "Afternoon Concerts" and performances with the Saito Kinen Orchestra. He teaches at Toho Gakuen School of Music, at the Aichi Prefectural Univeristy of Fine Arts and Music, and at the Yatsugatake Summer Course and Concerts. He has also written "A Gift from Music" and "The Violin Saw It".
In April 2005, he held a 60th Birthday Concert, conducted by Taijiro Iimori at the Suntory Hall in Tokyo, resulting in great success. During the 20th Yatsugatake Summer Course and Concerts, he held two concerts for the first anniversary of the merger of Hokuto City. Subsequently, he has performed with the Orchestra and in its chamber music programs at the Matsumoto Saito Kinen Festival. In April he was awarded the prestigious Purple Ribbon Medal for his contribution to the development of culture and arts. In addition he was awarded the Special Noguchi Award for his many years of contribution in Yamanashi prefecture and at the Yatsugatake Summer Course and Concerts in July; The Torii Award for his charity work to sustain the development of social services for the visually impaired in September.