Biography

After her acclaimed debut at the Tokyo Opera City in 2010, Aisa Ijiri has established herself as one of the award-winning pianists of her generation, and has been described as "Aisa Ijiri is a special talent whose European sophistication, fierce passion and poetic sentiment creates a lyrical atmosphere"- The Record Geijutsu, Tokyo -.

Born in Japan, Aisa made her Europe debut at the age of 15 as a concerto soloist with the Capella Cracovienses Symphony Orchestra at the Warsaw Philharmonic Hall and as a recitalist at the Konserthuset, Stockholm. Since then her performances have taken her to the U.S.A, the U.K, Korea and throughout Europe.

Aisa has given regular piano solo and chamber music recitals at many prestigious venues and international festivals including Tokyo Opera City, Osaka Izumi Hall, Cadogan Hall, Fairfield Halls, St.Martin-in-the-Fields, LSO St.Lukes, Sadler's Wells Theatre, Sheldonian Theatre (Oxford), Kolarac Great Hall (Belgrade), Wimbledon International Music Festival '15, Three Choirs Festival '14, Lichfield Festival '13, Pianist of the World Series '11, Leeds International Concert Season, North Wales International Concert Series, Bath Recital Artist's Trust, Whitstable Concert Society, The Pennington Mellor Munthe Trust, Abbotsholme Arts Society and Bank of Shiga. Her concerts have been broadcast on BBC Television 1, BBC Radio 3, Channel 5, Radio Television of Serbia, Radio Beograd and FM Japan. Aisa has given sensational concerto performances with the Osaka Century Symphony Orchestra with whom she performed Rachmaninoff's Concerto No.2 (Conductor: Kentaro Kawase), Chopin's Concerto No.1 (Conductor: Ken Hsieh) and Grieg's Concerto (Conductor: Yasuo Shinozaki). In 2011, Aisa released her debut CD "Pilgrimage" produced by N.A.T Records Tokyo, featuring the music of Schumann and Liszt. She was given a "Prestigious Culture Award" by the mayor of Shiga Prefecture, Japan. In 2014, Aisa was selected by N.E.M.O Geie (sponsored by the European Union) to be a part of the European Commission and give a 6 month-tour of concerts, workshops and masterclasses throughout Europe as a representative artist of the UK.

Aisa also takes a great interest in contemporary music and has already premiered many pieces which were dedicated to her by living composers. In 2005, she worked in collaboration with conductor George Benjamin and performed the work for orchestra and piano by Wolfgang Rihm. In 2014, her live recording of piano solo work "SAKURA" by Llywelyn ap Myrddin at Brighton Japan Festival '13 was released on WW Records London which let them to compose and record the classical piano compositions with remix for further album release of "WW 2.0" (2015) and "Preludes" (2016) on the same label. 

Aisa was awarded a Bachelors Degree at the Royal College of Music, Stockholm, a Masters Degree at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama and an Artist Diploma at the Royal College of Music, London. Her principal teachers have been Anders Kilström, Stefan Bojsten, Paul Roberts, Andrew Ball and Gordon Fergus-Thompson. She has won many competitions and prizes in Japan including Japan Classic Music Competition 1992 as the youngest ever winner, 1st prize at the Marlow Music Festival Recital Competition 2005 (highest overall award) and the Gold Medal at the Marlow International Concerto Competition 2006.

In 2015, Aisa gave a performance of Liszt's Piano Concerto No.2 with the Orion Orchestra (Conductor: Toby Purser) at the Cadogan Hall. 2016/2017 highlights will include the concert of Mozart's Piano Concerto No.23 K.488 with Bushey Symphony Orchestra (Conductor: George Vass), the release of her 2nd piano solo CD "Romeo & Juliet" on N.A.T Records and the Carnegie Debut Recital in March 2017.

Aisa has been an official Steinway Artist since 2010.