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Grieg in Bergen - Håkonshallen - FUKO ICHII, PIANO


Meet the 1st prize winner of Grieg Int Competition 2022 and listen to both her virtuosity and lyrical expression as well as her deep musical indsight.

E. Grieg (1843-1907): Ballade Op.24 - Norwegian Dance Op.35
R. Schumann (1810-1856):  Carnaval Op.9 
More program to come...


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.

Last Updated: 05/30/2024

Source: Visit Bergen

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