Takuma Ishii, born in Tokushima Japan, began piano lessons at the age of three.
He won second prize in the 2016 George Enescu International Competition in Bucharest, becoming the first Japanese laureate pianist.
In the final he played with George Enescu Philharmonic of Bucharest under the direction of John Axelrod Piano Concerto No.2 in C minor by Rachmaninoff. The competition is broadcast worldwide by Romanian Television and by medici TV and enjoys great popularity.
Mr. Ishii was selected as a finalist at the PIANALE International Competition in 2013 and received the Lopez Cobos Scholarship, the Clemente Pianos Special Award and the Fundacion Eutherpe Special Award.
Furthermore, in 2015 he won the first prize and the Audience Award at the IKA Murrhardt, as well as the first prize in 2017 at the Dichler Competition.
He was also invited to the George Enescu International Music Festival 2018 and played a solo recital at the Romanian Athenaeum and was able to increase its profile.
The concert will be broadcasted on the Romanian radio station SRR.
He also received a scholarship at the tenth and twelfth Summer Academy Audition of Tokushima Bunri University and also won the Grand Prix at the third Tokushima Music Competition.
He studied at the Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music in the class of Hideto Nishikawa.
Afterwards he studies at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna in the class of Prof.Roland Keller, Prof.Jasminka Stancul and Prof. Anna Malikova. His teachers and supporters include other well-known personalities such as Michiyo Wadatsu, Keiko Iida, Akira Matsumoto and Prof. Peter Efler. Among others, he participated in masterclasses with LOAndsnes, E.Leonskaja, B.Berman, A.Vardi, A.Jasinski, M.Raekallio, G.Fauth, J.Perry, M.Schirmer, A.kouyoumdjian, P.Nersessian, E.Kupiec, M.Hughes, U.Weyand, A.Bax, B.Rigutto, J.Olejniczak, F.Rieger, E.Tawaststjerna and J.Dvarionas.