Suzuka Ichikawa – Pianist

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Suzuka Ichikawa was born on the 11th of August, and was raised in Osaka in Japan until the age of 14.
Her mother is Japanese, a classical pianist, and her biological father is American from Idaho.
She began her piano studies at the age of 5 and took private lessons in a small piano academy in her neighborhood in Tondabayashi-city in Osaka.
She won her first award at the Yamaha competition in Osaka at the age of 11 and was awarded a special prize from the juries.

She moved to Malmö in Sweden at the age of 14, and studied at Heleneholm upper secondary school in the music department as a classical pianist where she took lessons with Andrzej Ferber. Now she lives in Oslo in Norway, and continues her further music studies at the Norwegian Academy of music with prof. Einar-Steen Nøkleberg.

She has won several prizes in Scandinavian piano competitions for young musicians including Steinway competition in Sweden and Berlindkse Tidendes Musikkonkurence Competition in Denmark. She has also participated in many master classes in Scandinavia with worldwide known pianists, including Kevin Kenner, Paolo Giacometti, Per Tengstrand, Juhani Lagerspetz, Yonti Solomon, Roberto Turrin and Hugues Leclère.

She was awarded scholarship for young talented musicians by Familjen John Anderssons i Anderslöv Stiftelse organization in Sweden in 2011.

The pianists who inspire her are Yuja Wang, Nikolai Lugansky and Martha Argerich. These pianists have the special gift of touching people’s hearts. They are very powerful and have very unique musicalities with great interpretation skills. Their passion for classical music is also one of the things which she gets inspired by.

Not just classical music, Suzuka also enjoys listening to Soul, R&B, Hip-Hop, Pop and Pop rock. Her favourite artists are Alicia Keys, Lucy Pearl, Joe, Chaka Khan, Amy Winehouse, Michael Jackson, John Mayer, Maroon 5, Jessie J, Atmosphere and Nicki Minaj. She’s also interested in photography, travelling, watching movies, and playing volleyball.

(Suzuka plays “Behind the moon” by Pescini)

Her goal is to be a professional artist with a worldwide career through which she can express and interpret what the composers have written, and also to be a musician who can volunteer in many activities to make the world a better place.

The pianist of “Dietro la luna” now has started a new page on Instagram, where she uploads 15sec videos of her playing classical piano music. Please follow @pianistsuzuka to support.

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Suzuka Ichikawa è nata e cresciuta in Osaka (Giappone) fino all’età di 14 anni. Sua madre, di origine giapponese, è una pianista classica mentre suo padre è un biologo americano dell’Idaho.

Suzuka ha cominciato a studiare piano all’etùà di 5 anni prendendo lezioni private in una piccola scuola di musica a Todabayashi, nei pressi di Osaka vincendo a 11 anni un premio speciale nella Yamaha competition.

Successivamente si è trasferita a Malmo in Svezia ed ha continuato a studiare pianoforte prendendo lezioni dal maestro Andrzej Ferber. Attualmente vive a Oslo, in Norvegia frequentando il Norwegian Accademy of music con il prof. Einar-Steen Nøkleberg.

(Suzuka suona “River flows in you” di Yiruma)

Suzuka ha vinto molti premi nelle competizioni di pianoforte scandinave riservate a giovani talenti incluso la famosa Steinway competition (Svezia) e la Berlindkse Tidendes Musikkonkurence Competition (Danimarca). Ha partecipato in molte master class di maestri pianisti di fama internazionale come Kevin Kenner, Paolo Giacometti, Per Tengstrand, Juhani Lagerspetz, Yonti Solomon, Roberto Turrin e Hugues Leclère fino ad essere premiata a Malmo nel 2011 dalla Familjen John Anderssons i Anderslöv Stiftelse organization.

Il pianismo a cui si ispira è quello di Yuja Wang, Nikolai Lugansky and Martha Argerich. Secondo Suzuka questi pianisti hanno uno speciale talento nel riuscire ad arrivare diritti al cuore degli ascoltatori. Suzuka gli piace non solo la musica classica ma anche il Soul, R&B, Hip-Hop, Pop e Pop Rock. I suoi artisti preferiti sono Alicia Keys, Lucy Pearl, Joe, Chaka Khan, Amy Winehouse, Michael Jackson, John Mayer, Maroon 5, Jessie J, Atmosphere e Nicki Minaj. Suzuka ama anche la fotografia, i viaggi, andare al cinema e giocare a volley.

La sua aspirazione non è solo diventare una professionista riconosciuta a livello mondiale attraverso un suo personale modo di interpretare le partiture ma anche aiutare questo mondo affinché possa diventare un posto migliore dove far vivere la nostra e le future generazioni.

La pianista di “Dietro la luna” ha ora aperto una nuova pagina su Istagram dove posta video di 15 secondi di musica classica da lei suonata al pianoforte. Seguila e s supportala su @pianistsuzuka!

 To contact Suzuka / per contattare Suzuka:

Email: suzukaichikawa@hotmail.co.jp

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/SuzukaIchikawa

To know better Suzuka pianism / Per conoscere meglio il pianismo di Suzuka:

Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/SuzukaIchikawa

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