AISA IJIRI

Piano
 

ENGLISH

Following her sensational debuts at Tokyo Opera City (2010) and Carnegie Hall, New York (2017), Aisa Ijiri has established herself as one of the award-winning pianists of her generation and has been described as, “a special talent whose European sophistication, fierce passion and poetic sentiment create an artistic atmosphere”- Record Geijutsu, Tokyo.

Born in Japan, Aisa made her European debut at the age of 15 as a concerto soloist at the Philharmonic Hall, Warsaw and as a recitalist at the Konserthuset, Stockholm. Since then, her performance career has taken her to the U.S.A, the U.K, Korea, China and all over Europe.

Aisa has given regular piano solo and chamber music concerts at many prestigious venues including Wigmore Hall (London), Southbank Centre, Sadler’s Wells Theatre, Cadogan Hall, Fairfield Halls, St. John’s Smith Square, St. Martin-in-the-Fields, St. George’s Bristol, Kioi Hall (Tokyo), Izumi Hall (Osaka) and at international music festivals including Wimbledon International Music Festival, Three Choirs Festival, Lichfield Festival, and the Chopin Festival in Duzniki-Zdroj. Her concerts have been broadcast on Classic FM, BBC1 Television, BBC Radio 3, Radio Television of Serbia, Radio Beograd, N1 TV and CNN Worldwide. In 2009 Aisa was awarded a “Cultural Engagement Award” by the Mayor of Shiga in Japan as the youngest ever winner.

As a soloist, Aisa has performed piano concertos with the Osaka Century Symphony Orchestra (Kentaro Kawase, Ken Hsieh), Orchestra Musica Celeste (Yasuo Shinozaki), Orion Orchestra (Toby Purser), Bushey Symphony Orchestra (George Vass), Salonorchester Alt Wien (Udo Zwölfer) among others. In 2019, she gave an acclaimed performance of Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No.5 ‘Emperor’ with the Kansai Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Sachio Fujioka.

 

Aisa released her debut album “Pilgrimage” (2011) and second album “Ailes d’amour” (2016) on N.A.T Records, Japan. Two albums, “SAKURA” (2014) and “PRELUDES” (2015), for which the piano solo music was composed for her by Llywelyn ap Myrddin, were released on WW Records in London and chosen for a highlight feature on BBC Radio 3. In 2019, Aisa played the world premiere of a new single ‘Until We Meet Again’ written by Hollywood film composer Martin Tillman;  a recording of the performance with Aisa  as the soloist with the Prague Symphonic Ensemble was released in 2020. In a same year, a piano solo piece ‘Aisa : Sand, Silk and Love’, was dedicated to her by Schott Music composer Melanie Spanswick and was published by Schott Music in the Schott Edition Series. Aisa is an official recording artist for ‘SPIRIO’ by Steinway & Sons.

Aisa has become a cover artist and has become a cover artist and has featured in many international television series, feature films and publications such as CNN Style, Steinway Film, Steinway & Sons Magazine, Clivedale London, Lark Music, Musica Nova, Wannabe Magazine, Diplomacy & Commence, Shiga Bank Magazine and Opinion Leader among others. In 2019, she played the role of pianist in the  film “AISA” directed by Marco della Fonte, and produced by Lost Pictures Ltd in Florence.

Aisa is a graduate of the Kungliga Musikhögskolan, Stockholm (Bachelor’s Degree), Guildhall School of Music & Drama (Master’s Degree) and the Royal College of Music, London (Artist Diploma). In 2018, she was appointed Honorary Representative for the Royal College of Music, London.

Aisa is an official Steinway Artist and the Artistic Director of the Tokyo International Piano Association (Japan) and the Montecatini Piano Festival (Italy).

 

JAPANESE

井尻 愛紗
 

14歳でワルシャワのフィルハーモニー・ホールにてピアノコンチェルトを共演、翌年ストックホルムのコンサートハウスでリサイタル・デビューを飾って以来、世界一流の国際音楽祭より招待を受けリサイタルを開催。関西フィルハーモニー管弦楽団、ウィーンサロンオーケストラ他、国内外のオーケストラとピアノコンチェルトを共演。その演奏はアメリカ合衆国CNN、英国放送協会BBC、セルビア国営放送RTS、N1テレビ、Classic FMでも放映され反響を呼んでいる。

ストックホルム王立音楽大学演奏家学士号、ギルドホール音楽大学演奏科修士号、また英国王立音楽大学アーティスト・ディプロマ(国家演奏家資格)並びに最優秀賞を取得。2009年、滋賀県文化奨励賞を史上最年少で受賞。2010年スタインウェイ・アーティストとして認定。東京オペラシティーでのデビューリサイタルでは”感受性に満ちた鮮明な演奏、優れた創造力を持つアーティスト”と絶賛された。

NATプロデュースによるソロ・アルバム『Pilgrimage』、『Ailes d’amour』、WWレコードプロデュースによる 『SAKURA』、『WW2.0』、『PRELUDES』をリリース。2016年、スタインウェイ社開発 ”SPIRIO” レコーディング・アーティストとして契約。同年、東京国際ピアノ協会 (TIPA) 芸術監督として就任。2017年、ニューヨークのカーネギー・ホールにて見事なデビューを飾る。2018年、英国王立音楽大学 (RCM) 名誉代表と任命。2019年、音楽祭芸術監督としてイタリアにて 『Montecatini Piano Festival』を立ち上げた。2021年、ドイツを拠点とするEuro Arts Academyのピアノ教授に就任、ウェセックス日英協会の名誉パトロンに任命され、ヘイスティング国際コンチェルトコンクール、NOMEA国際ピアノコンクール、WPTAピアノコンクール他、数々の国際コンクールの審査員を務める。

「Pianist Magazine」「Lark Music」「Steinway Magazine」「CNN Style」など音楽雑誌やテレビ番組の特集モデルに取り上げられ、マルコ・デラ・フォンテ監督のイタリア映画 ”AISA : Sonetto 104 Del Petrarca” ではピアニストの主役を演じ、映画界の最高峰・ハリウッド国際映画祭にて ’Best Experimental Film Award 2020’ を受賞した。ほかにも、英国ロイヤルオペラハウスのコンサートマスター、ヴァスコ・ヴァッシレフや、ハリウッド映画界でエミー賞にノミネートされた作曲家マーティン・ティルマンと斬新な音楽プロジェクトを繰り広げている。

TESTIMONIALS

“… Aisa Ijiri is a special talent whose European sophistication, fierce passion and poetic sentiment creates a lyrical atmosphere. A demanding selection of the chefs- d’oeuvre of both Schumann and Liszt was performed with crystal texture, clear touch and an inspired use of the pedal. The beauty in this debut CD certainly shows her potential! ”  

The Record Geijutsu, Japan

“…It is amazing how Aisa exhibits not only a great degree of lyricism, but she also dares to show such boldness in these two pieces. She truly shines when her technical talent is on display, especially with Après une Lecture de Dante -Fantasia quasi Sonata- from Années de Pèlerinage, Italie. All in all, this is a surprising CD from a promising pianist… “

Pianowereld, Holland

“An exceptionally creative artist, blessed with a vivid performance temperament. Aisa Ijiri possesses innate musicianship which is harnessed to a virtuoso technique.”

Gordon Fergus-Thompson

“Aisa Ijiri is a radiant and poetic artist, her repertoire wide and imaginative, her pianism always at the service of the composer.”

Andrew Ball