The French Institute in Fez is offering an interesting concert at Dar Batha this Wednesday at 7pm. The concert is free.
Born in Tokyo in 1980, Yusuke Ishii studied composition at Kunitachi College of Music where he obtained the scholarship to study abroad.
After having graduated, he entered to Conservatoire National Superieur de Musique de Paris where he studied ecriture (music theory and writing) with Yves Henry and Thierry Escaich, and obtained the diploma DFS of Music Theory and Writing in 2006.
He also studied the piano with Hortense Cartier-Bresson and Marie-Paule Siruguet at the Conservatory of Boulogne-Billancourt where he won the 1st prize for piano, and attended the lessons of Olivier Gardon, Cécile Hugonnard-Roche, Michèle Renoul, Carlos Roqué Alsina Silva Costanzo and Marie-Françoise Bucquet. He participated also in Centre Acanthes (Metz) and International Ensemble Modern Academy (Innsbruck) in 2009.
Contemporary classical music is his special interest. In this field, he collaborated with many composers like Yumiko Yokoi, Ai Watanabe, Martin Matalon, Philippe Hesant, Gérard Pesson, Alain Louvier and Dominique Lemaitre.
He won the 2nd Prize at the 14th Xavier Montsalvatge International Competition of contemporary music for piano in Girona (Spain), and at the 8th Orléans International Piano Concours. He won the Nadia Boulanger special prize in 2008 and the André Jolivet prize in 2010.
Yusuke Ishii has given recitals and chamber music concerts in Japan, France, Italy, Austria and Spain. His focus at present is on new pieces for piano with electro-acoustic instruments. His repertoire includes the piano works of composers such as Erkki Melartin, Stefan Wolpe, Gustav Holst and Aaron Coplan.