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Shizuka Mitsui
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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 Semifinalists of the prestigious Queen Elizabeth Competition in Brussels. In September 2018, Shizuka was awarded fourth & special prize at the George Enescu International competition in Bucarest.

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.

Shizuka is part of the Classeek Ambassador program for season 2019 to 2021, under the mentorship of Gautier Capuçon.

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