Profile of Shiori Kuwahara

 

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2014年第83回日本音楽コンクール第2位、及び岩谷賞(聴衆賞)受賞。

2016年第62回マリア・カナルス・バルセロナ国際音楽コンクール(スペイン)第2位、

及び最年少ファイナリスト賞受賞。

2017年第68回ヴィオッティ国際音楽コンクール(ヴェルチェッリ in イタリア)第2位、

及び Soroptimist Club賞受賞。

2019年第62回ブゾーニ国際ピアノコンクール(ボルツァーノ in イタリア)第2位、

及びブゾーニ作品最優秀演奏賞受賞。

2021年第16回ルービンシュタイン国際ピアノコンクール(テルアビフ in イスラエル)第2位、

併せて2つの副賞を受賞。

 

東京都出身。学習院初等科、女子中等科卒業後、

東京芸術大学音楽学部附属音楽高等学校に進学。

同高等学校在学中に、PTNA特級銀賞・聴衆賞、王子ホール賞、

ルーマニア国際音楽コンクール第1位・オーディエンス賞、

東京音楽コンクール第2位等を受賞。

第6回福田靖子賞優秀賞。

2014年度ヤマハ音楽奨学生。

 

2018年3月 東京藝術大学音楽学部器楽科ピアノ専攻を首席で卒業。伊藤恵氏に師事。

在学中に、アリアドネ・ムジカ賞受賞。

卒業時に、安宅賞、アカンサス音楽賞、大賀典雄賞、同声会賞、三菱地所賞、平山郁夫文化芸術賞を受賞。

2018年4月より、ベルリン芸術大学大学院にて Klaus Hellwig 氏に師事。

帰国時は吉田友昭氏に師事。

これまでに国内では、須田眞美子、秋山徹也、安田正昭、大嶺未来、奈良希愛、泊真美子、斎藤恵美子、各氏のレッスンを受講。

 

 これまでにソリストとして、

アレクサンドル・ラザレフ、飯森範親、岩村力、梅田俊明、円光寺雅彦、大井剛史、高関健、

十束尚宏、渡邊一正の各氏指揮のもと、

日本フィルハーモニー交響楽団、新日本フィルハーモニー交響楽団、東京交響楽団、

東京フィルハーモニー交響楽団、東京シティ・フィルハーモニック管弦楽団

藝大フィルハーモニア管弦楽団、北チェコ・テプリツェフィルハーモニー管弦楽団 等と共演。

 

紀尾井ホール、東京文化会館、杉並公会堂等各地でリサイタルを行うほか、

ウィーン、プラハ、ホノルル、ソウル、ドイツの演奏会にも招かれ好評を博す。

NHK FM音楽番組『リサイタル・ノヴァ』に出演。

東京藝術大学宗次德二特待奨学生第1期生。青山音楽財団奨学生。

江副記念リクルート財団第44回奨学生。

ロームミュージックファンデーション2021年度奨学生。

 

  

 

Biorgraphy of Shiori Kuwahara

 

Shiori Kuwahara is a Japanese pianist studying in Germany.

Recent years, she has been active internationally. She won the 2nd prize at the 62nd Maria Canals Barcelona International Music Competition with youngest finalist prize (Spain, 2016). In the next year she won the 2nd prize and special prize at the 68th Gian Battista Viotti International Music Competition (Vercelli, Italy, 2017). She won the 2nd prize at the Ferruccio Busoni international piano competition in Bolzano, Italy in 2019, also winning the prize for the best interpretation of a piece by Busoni.

In 2021, Shiori won the second prize at the 16th Arthur Rubinstein International Piano Master Competition in Tel Aviv, Israel, receiving two additional prizes at the same time.

She continues to become laureate in the prestigious international competitions and to attract international attention.

 

Shiori Kuwahara was born in Tokyo, Japan in 1995. She began to study the piano at the age of four. In her teens, she became laureate of all three major domestic competitions in which finalists perform with professional orchestra. When she was a student of Tokyo University of the Arts, she won the 2nd prize and audience award of the 83rd Music Competition of Japan in 2014.

 

She won various piano competitions when she was in Music High School attached to Tokyo University of the Arts. She won the silver medal and audience award at the 37th PTNA Piano Competition Grade Superior, she received the 2nd prize of the 10th Tokyo Music Competition, and she won the 1st prize and audience award at the 9th Romanian International Music Competition in Japan.

 

Shiori is invited to many recitals in various countries. In Prague, she performed as a soloist of Beethoven Triple Concerto at the Rudolfinum Dvorak Hall and also at Polish Embassy in Prague. She performed the Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 1 at Neal S. Blaisdell Concert Hall in Honolulu, USA. She performs in other countries such as in Austria (Franz Liszt Hall in the University for Music in Vienna), in Germany (Bottrop), in Italy, in Korea and so on. 

 

Shiori also appears as a soloist of the orchestras in Japan;Japan Philharmonic Orchestra, New Japan Philharmonic Orchestra, Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra, Tokyo Symphony Orchestra, Tokyo City Philharmonic Orchestra, Geidai Philharmonia and so on. The performances are done under prominent conductors; Alexander Lazarev, Ken Takaseki, Masahiko Enkoji, Naohiro Totsuka, Norichika Iimori, Takeshi Ooi, Toshiaki Umeda, Chikara Iwamura and Kazumasa Watanabe. She performed Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No.1, Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No.2, No.3, Beethoven Piano Concerto No.3, No.5, Beethoven Triple Concerto, Liszt Piano Concerto No.2, Mozart Piano Concerto No.24, and Bartok Piano Concerto No.3. These concerts were held in various major Hall in Japan; Suginami Public Hall (Tokyo), Ota Aprico Hall (Tokyo), Setagaya Public Hall (Tokyo), Fuchu no Mori Art Theater Dream Hall (Tokyo), Parthenon Tama (Tokyo), Kissei Bunka Hall (Nagano), and so on.

 

As for her recital activities in Japan, since performing recital at the Kioi Hall in Tokyo, “Kioi Up & Coming Artists” in 2017 and making a full-fledged debut, she has been performing recitals across the country such as Tokyo Metropolitan Festival Hall (Tokyo), Suginami Public Hall (Tokyo), KAWAI Omotesando (Tokyo), and Munetsugu Hall (Nagoya). She was invited to the Young Prague international music festival to perform in Prague and in Tokyo. Especially, on the occasion of Young Prague concert held at the Czech embassy in Tokyo, she played the piano under the presence of Her Majesty the Empress Michiko (now Empress Emerita). 

 

Her recital activities are often introduced by various media including Japanese major newspaper website, classical music information websites and so on. Her powerful technique and delicate expression are highly evaluated by them.

Her performances of Prokofiev's work are distributed from Warner Music Japan’s “Geidai Label”, and she is also active in broadcasting such as appearing on NHK FM Recital Nova programs for around one hour in June 2018. She also appears in Japanese TV programs such as NHK and BS TV Tokyo.

 

Shiori participated in many international piano academy; Fellbach music academy summer piano master class (August 2016), Mozarteum Salzburg international summer Academy (August 2015), European academy for music and performing arts in Montepulutiano (August 2015), Munich international music academy (February 2015), MusicAlp International Academy of music in Tignes (August 2014), Courchevel international music academy in Kasama (March 2013), Hamamatsu international piano academy (March 2013), Russian piano school in Tokyo (August 2012, August 2013).

 

She graduated from Tokyo University of the Arts with the highest award, studying under Prof. Kei Itoh. Shiori received Norio Ohga award, Ataka award, Ikuo Hirayama culture and the art award, Mitsubishi Estate award and so on. Currently she studies under Prof. Klaus Hellwig at Soloist master of Berlin University of the Arts. She has received scholarships of YAMAHA Music Foundation, Munetsugu Tokuji Fund, Aoyama Music Foundation, Fukuda Yasuko Fund and so on. She is a scholarship student of the 44th Ezoe Memorial Recruit Foundation.