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Opening concert with tremendous Sjostakovich piano concerto!


Fuko Ishii was born in Tokyo into a family of musicians. In 2022 she got the 1st prize at the 17th Grieg International Competition. In the Final, she performed Grieg's Piano Concerto in a minor Op.16 with Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra with Sir Lawrence Foster. In 2019 she got a first prize at 2nd Brahms Competition in Germany and 3rd prize at the 26th International Brahms competition in Austria. She has appeared as a Soloist with such as  Kristiansand Symphony, Krakow Philharmonic, Brasov Philharmonic, Janacek Philharmonic, Basel Symphony, Detmold Theater Orchestras, and with Japanese professional orchestras such as the NHK Symphony, Tokyo Metropolitan, Tokyo Symphony, Kyoto Symphony, Kanagawa Philharmonic Orchestras. Laureate of many competitions including the 9th Ettlingen International Piano Competition (3rd prize), the 82th Japan Music Competition (1st prize), Jmanuel und Evamaria Schenk Stiftung Solist Competition 2019 (Prizewinner). 
Fuko graduated Toho Gakuen School of Music in Tokyo and after she studied with Prof. Claudio Martinez-Mehner at Hochschule für Musik und Tanz Köln and Basel Musik-Akademie. 

She currently performs concerts with her huge repertoire from Bach to Messiaen such as "Great Pianists of the 21st Century" by Avantgarde Cultural Foundation in Cyprus, "Bergen International Festival", "Lofoten Chamber music Festival" in Norway, "Meissen Piano Festival", "Blüthner Classics" in Germany. Her first CD with Brahms piano pieces was released in 2021 by Blüthner and Erich Thienhaus-Institut. Since 2024 she teaches at Toho Gakuen School of Music in Japan.

Sjøforsvarets musikkorps (SFMK)

The Norwegian Naval Forces' Band is one of Norway's full-time professional military bands comprising 27 musicians of the highest professional standard, who form a dynamic and hugely versatile ensemble.
The band performs in a variety of settings, military and civilian, and covers most genres including traditional band music, classical, jazz, pop, rock and contemporary classical.

The band has made a name for itself particularly in the field of contemporary music, with numerous first performances, festival appearances, critically acclaimed CD-recordings, and not least, receiving the Norwegian Society of Composer's Performer Award 2008. The band's previous artistic leaders and chief conductors, Ingar Bergby and Peter Szilvay received the same award in 2010.

Last Updated: 06/03/2024

Source: Visit Bergen

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