Kimiko Ishizaka was the first of three child prodigies born to Junkichi and Ruth Ishizaka in Bonn, Germany. At the age of four, she began studying piano with her mother, who would continue to be her teacher until 1995. At that time Ms. Ishizaka became a student of Professor Roswitha
Gediga-Glombitza at the Hochschule für Musik Köln. In 2000, she completed her performer’s diploma exam with the highest available marks. Further studies included masterclasses with Prof. Peter Feuchtwanger, Prof. Karl-Heinz Kämmerling, the Alban Berg Quartet, and the Amadeus Quartet.
From the early age of five, Ishizaka distinguished herself as a soloist and as a chamber performer, especially in the context of the Ishizaka Trio, which consisted of her and her younger brothers. In its 16 year history, the Ishizaka Trio participated in many important festivals (Schleswig Holstein Musikfestival, Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Beethovenfest Bonn, Brauschweiger Kammermusikpodium, and the Rheingau Musikfestival), performed concerts in many countries (Japan, Italy, The Netherlands, Belgium, the U.S.A.), and took prizes in many renowned competitions, including:
1st Prize in the 1998 Deutscher Musikwettbewerb (German Music Competition)
The Vittorio Gui International Chamber Music Competition
Three consecutive 1st prizes in the International Charles Hennen Competion in The Netherlands
The Menschenskinder prize from RTL (1995)
Kimiko has produced commercial compact disc recordings with the Rubato, Primavera and Ars Musica recording companies.
-via artist website
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