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Aisa Ijiri - Piano Recital

Mon Oct 1st 2012, 1:10–2:00 pm ◀ This event has finished
St James's Church Piccadilly, 197 Piccadilly London W1J 9LL


Bach/Liszt : Prelude and Fugue in A minor  BWV.543

Liszt : Années de pèlerinage- Italie Tre sonetti di Petrarca (S.270)

Rachmaninoff : Études-Tableaux Op.33 No.8 / Op.33. No.7

de Falla : Fantasía Bética

Aisa Ijiri

"... Aisa Ijiri is a special talent whose European sophistication, fierce passion and poetic sentiment creates a lyrical atmosphere. The most demanding selections of both Schumann and Liszt were 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

After her acclaimed debut at Tokyo Opera City in 2010, Aisa Ijiri has established herself as one of the finest Japanese pianists of her generation. Born in Kyoto, Japan Aisa made her public debut at the ALTI (Art Live Theatre International) at the age of 7. When she was 15 she was a concerto soloist with the Capella Cracoviensis Symphony Orchestra at the Philharmonic Hall, Warsaw and was a recitalist at the Stockholm Concert House (Konserthuset). Since then her performances have taken her to France, Germany, Italy, Hungary, Poland, Sweden, Norway, Holland, the U.K, the U.S.A, Korea and throughout Japan.

Aisa has given regular piano solo and chamber music recitals in many important venues including Fairfield Hall, LSO St.Luke's, Sadler's Wells Theatre, St.Martin-in-the Fields, Steinway Halls, Castel San Telmo, Izumi Hall and at many international concert series including Leeds International Concert Season, The International Holland Music Session, Whitstable Concert Society, International Chopin Festival/ Duszniki Zdroj and Pennington-Mellor-Munthe Charity Trust. Her concerts have been broadcast on BBC1, PBS television-Malta, e-radio FM and FM Radiocafe in Japan. She has given sensational concerts with the Osaka Century Symphony Orchestra with whom she performed Rachmaninoff’s Concerto No.2 in 2007, Chopin's Concerto No.1 in 2008, and Grieg's Concerto in 2009. In 2011, Aisa was invited to perform Mozart's Piano Concerto No.21 K.467 with the Cranbrook Symphony Orchestra, and was selected to give a recital for the "Pianist of the World Series" in London.

Aisa was awarded a Bachelors Degree at the Royal College of Music, Stockholm (2004), a Masters Degree at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama (2005) and an Artist Diploma at the Royal College of Music, London (2007). Her principal teachers have been Anders Kilström, Stefan Bojsten, Paul Roberts, Andrew Ball and Gordon Fergus-Thompson.

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 piano and orchestral works by Wolfgang Rihm.

Aisa has won many competitions and prizes, 3rd prize at the Japan Classic Music Competition (highest award), 1st prize at the Marlow Music Festival Recital Competition 2005 (highest overall award) and the Gold Medal at the Marlow International Concerto Competition 2006. She was given a prestigious Culture Encouragement Award by the mayor of Shiga Prefecture, Japan in 2009. In 2011,

Aisa released her debut CD "Pilgrimage" produced by N.A.T. Records, Tokyo featuring the music of Schumann and Liszt, which was highly recommended by The Record Geijutsu, Tokyo, and Pianowereld, Holland.  Future 2012-2013 engagements include recital tour and piano concerto performances in Serbia, Finland, Holland, Wales and Japan.

                                 Aisa is a Steinway Artist.                                                                                       


Venue: St James's Church Piccadilly

St James Piccadilly (photo: Steve Cadman)

The church interior (photo: Steve Cadman)

St James's is an Anglican church which was designed and built by Sir Christopher Wren in the 17th century. William Blake was baptised here in 1757. The church holds regular concerts of both classical and contemporary music.

The church is situated between Piccadilly and Jermyn Street about 200 yards from Piccadilly Circus. The closest tube stations are Piccadilly Circus and Green Park.

For more information, visit the St James's Church website.


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