Lives in Salzburg, Austria
- Ambassador Gautier Capuçon Selection
Born in 1992 in Yokohama Japan, Shizuka Mitsui started playing the cello at the age of five, in Boston USA where he spent his childhood. From 1998 to 2014 he studied at the Toho-Gakuen School of Music in Tokyo under Hakuro Mori, and regularly attended the masterclass of Wen-Sinn Yang. From 2011 to 2012 he worked at the Academy of NHK Symphony Orchestra. In 2014, he pursued his studies at the Mozarteum University Salzburg in the class of Giovanni Gnocchi. Since 2016, he has been studying under Clemens Hagen. He has also had a lot of opportunities coached by other eminent cellists, such as Jens Peter Maintz, Natalia Gutman, Jian Wang, Danjulo Ishizaka and Wolfgang Boettcher.
Shizuka is a laureate of numerous competitions at home and abroad. For instance, the Gold Prize at the Izumino-Mori Cello Competition (2009), the 2nd prize at the Japan Classic Competition (no 1st prize, 2010), Kirishima International Music Festival Award (2011), the 1st Prize at the Enrico Mainardi Competition (2016), and the 2nd prize at the Tokyo Music Competition (2017). In May 2017, he was one of the Semifinalistsof the prestigious Queen Elizabeth Competition in Brussels.
Shizuka was invited to appear at the International Cello Festival “Alfredo Piatti” in Bergamo, where he performed all Piatti’s Caprices in one concert. He also performed at “the Mozart Festival” in Cuba, “the Prize Winner Concert” in Salzburg Festival, and Kusatsu International Music Festival, and “the Japan Festival” in Indiana University.
Toho-Gakuen School of Music in Tokyo
under Hakuro Mori
Mozarteum University Salzburg, Austria
class of Clemens Hagen, Giovanni Gnocchi.
Gold Prize, Izumino-Mori Cello Competition
Tokyo, Japan, 2009
Second Prize, Japan Classic Competition
Tokyo, Japan, 2010
Award, Kirishima International Music Festival Award
Tokyo, Japan, 2011
First Prize, Enrico Mainardi
Second Prize, Tokyo Music Competition
Tokyo, Japan, 2017
Semi-finalist, Queen Elizabeth Competition
Brussels, Belgium, 2017
Cello Festival “Alfredo Piatti”, Italy
Performed all Piatti’s Caprices in one concert
The Mozart Festival, Cuba
Salzburg Festival, Austria
Prize Winner Concert
Kusatsu International Music Festival, Japan
The Japan Festival, United States of America