Shizuka Mitsui


Comes from Yokohama, Japan
Lives in Salzburg, Austria
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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

Austria, 2016

Second Prize, Tokyo Music Competition

Tokyo, Japan, 2017

Semi-finalist, Queen Elizabeth Competition

Brussels, Belgium, 2017

Performed At

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

Indiana University


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