Biography

After her acclaimed debut at the Tokyo Opera City in 2010 to the Carnegie Hall, New York in 2017, Aisa Ijiri has established herself as one of the award-winning pianists of her generation, and has been described 'A special talent whose European sophistication, fierce passion and poetic sentiment create an artistic atmosphere' (The Record Geijutsu, Tokyo).

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

Aisa has given regular piano solo and chamber music recitals at many prestigious venues and international festivals including Kioi Hall (Tokyo), Izumi Hall (Osaka), Cadogan Hall, Fairfield Halls, St.John's Smith Square, St.George's Bristol, St.Martin-in-the-Fields, LSO St.Lukes, Sadler's Wells Theatre, Sheldonian Theatre (Oxford), Kolarac Hall (Belgrade), Wimbledon International Music Festival '15, Three Choirs Festival '14, Lichfield Festival '13, Abbotsholme Arts Society and Shiga Bank Celebrity Series. Her concerts have been broadcast on BBC Television 1, BBC Radio 3, Radio Television of Serbia, Radio Beograd and CNN USA. Aisa has given concerto performances with the Osaka Century Symphony Orchestra (Conductor: Kentaro Kawase, Ken Hsieh), the Orchestra Musica Celeste (Conductor: Yasuo Shinozaki), the Orion Orchestra (Conductor: Toby Purser), the Bushey Symphony Orchestra (Conductor: George Vass) and the GSMD Orchestra (Conductor: George Benjamin). In March 2017, she made a sensational debut at the Carnegie Hall in New York.

Aisa released her debut CD 'Pilgrimage', piano works by Schumann and Liszt (2011) and her second CD 'Ailes d'amour' piano works by Prokofiev (2016) on NAT Records, Tokyo. Her live recording of piano solo works 'SAKURA' written by Llywelyn ap Myrddin at the Brighton Japan Festival '13 was broadcast on BBC Radio 3, and released on WW Records, London. Aisa worked further in colloboration with ap Myrddin and they released electrifying piano solo recording with the Remix 'WW 2.0' (2015) and 'Preludes' (2016) on the same label. In 2016, Aisa was also invited to the 'Spirio', a new high resolution player piano system as an official Spirio Recording Artist by Steinway & Sons, New York.

Aisa's passion and dedication for creative projects in art, fashion and culture led her to a very unique path. In 2014, she was selected by the European Commission and toured throughout Europe as a reprensentative artist of the U.K. She was featured on the online beauty magazine 'We Believe in Beauty' and the CNN Style TV. She also became a cover on the magazine 'Opinion Leader' supported by the UN Women on International Women's Day '17. Aisa was given a 'Prestigious Culture Award' as a youngest award winner ever by the mayor of Shiga in Japan.

Aisa was awarded a Bachelors Degree at the Royal College of Music, Stockholm (KMH), 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 is an official Steinway Artist, and the Artistic Director of the Tokyo International Piano Association. www.tipa.jp