Ai Ichihara , soprano



Born in Yokohama, Ai Ichihara graduated from the department of vocal music of Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music.
As an overseas music trainee of the MEIJIYASUDA CULTURAL FOUNDATION and an overseas trainee of artist sent by the agency for cultural affairs, she completed the Master´s programm of University of Music and Performing Arts Munich.
Ichihara is a winner of more than 20 prizes and awards, among them are the first prize of the 52nd Student Music Concours of Japan, the 1st prize of the 13th Mozart Music Competition in Japan, the 2nd prize and audience prize of International Voice Competition Vokal genial Munich 2007, Hans Gabor-Prize of the 27th International Hans Gabor Belvedere Singing Competition 2007, the 2nd prize of the 77th n Music Competition of Japan, and the Distinguished Service Award in education and culture of Kamakura Municipal and others.
Still as a student of the Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music, Ichihara’s talent was already highly appreciated, and she appeared in solo recitals, concerts, and sang national anthem as a solo singer at the dissolution ceremony of the Japanese team for Sydney Olympics as well as the national high school baseball tournament. She also appeared in the performance of the ceremony to celebrate the Emperor’s 10th year on the throne presented by Cabinet Office, and the Royal Gala Concert to celebrate the birth of Princess Aiko.
Her remarkable career as a concert soloist includes concerts under the baton of Seiji Ozawa, Ulf Shirmer, Hans-Martin Schneidt, Helmut Winschermann, Max Pommer, Christian Arming, with Münchner Rundfunkorchester, New Japan Philharmonic, Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony, Tokyo Philharmonic, Tokyo City Philharmonic, Japan Philharmonic, Yomiuri Symphony, Kanagawa Philharmonic, Osaka Philharmonic, and Nagoya Philharmonic. She has also appeared in many concerts including “Messiah” at the Wiener Musikverein, in Germany, Switzerland, Romania, and Japan. Her performance was broadcast live by Bayerischer Rundfunk and Deutschlandradio Berlin, and was recorded by Naxos label.
In the field of opera, Ichihara made debut at Prinzregententheater Munich as Placidia in Alarico, the German premiere of the baroque opera, followed by performances as the same role at Byreuth Markgräfliches Opernhaus, and Handel Music Festival at Badisches Staatstheater Karlsruhe. Her singing and playing as Adele in Die Fledermaus received great applause at Kurhaus Göggingen in Augusburg. She was chosen for the title role of Hydn’s Armida at the subscription concert of Hamburger camerata and was raved “A new star of soprano” by a newspaper. After that, she became a house soloist of Theater Augsburg, and performed Eurydice in Offencach´s Orphee aux Enfers, Papagena in Die Zauberflöte , Thalie and Clarine in Rameau´s Platee, Mi in Das Land des Lächelns , and others.
In 2010, Ichihara gave 7 recitals as the artist of CHANEL Pygmalion Days.
She has studied with Helmut Deutsche, Edith Wiens, and Frieder Lang.

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