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高橋竹山 (Takahashi Chikuzan) was a renowned Japanese Tsugaru-jamisen* performer and composer.

高橋竹山 was born on 18 June 1910. He lost his sight at around age of three as a result of measles. He spent his childhood near his home town - he was accepted as a live-in apprentice of the Tsugaru-jamisen performer Toda Jūjirō. Before World War II he toured surrounding countryside, playing before doorsteps to earn a living. …

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