Shio Okui, Japan
11years old Shio Okui was born in Tokyo on May 2004. She began to play the piano at the age of five. She is a pupil of Prof. Elena Ashkenazy and scholar of the Vladimir Spivakov International Charity Foundation.
Shio has performed in such Festivals as “Vladimir Spivakov invites…” (Russia,2015), “Moscow Meets Friends” (Russia,2015), 15th International Music Festival “ArsLonga”(Russia,2015), “5th New Names International Festival of Young Musician-Performers” (Armenia,2015), “Salacgriva Classical Music Festival” (Latvia,2015), 9th International Music Festival "Stars on Baikal" (Russia,2014), “ArtDialog Festival (Switzerland,2014) and International Competition-Festival Sberbank-Debut (Ukraine,2013). She was a scholarship student of the Chetham's International Summer School and Festival for Pianists (United Kingdom,2013&2014).
The little pianist has appeared at such major concert halls as Bolshoi Theater of Russia, Tchaikovsky Concert Hall, Moscow International Performing Arts Center, National Opera House of Ukraine, the Hall of columns of National Philharmonic of Ukraine, Astana Opera House and Kioi Hall and others. She has given concerts in Russia, Switzerland, United Kingdom, Italy, Ukraine and Armenia as well as Japan. This year Shio will have concerts in Paris.
Her orchestral debut came at the age of 8. As a soloist, Shio has appeared with many orchestras – including National Philharmonic Orchestra of Russia (under Vladimir Spivakov and Alexandre Soloviev), Moscow Virtuosi (under Vladimir Spivakov), Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra (under Alexander Anissimov), the Governor's Irkutsk Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra (under Ilmar Lapins), National Philharmonic of Ukraine (under Nikolay Diadiura and Igor Palkin), Manchester Camerata (under Stephen Threlfall), Armenian National Philharmonic Orchestra (under Harutyun Arzumanyan), Sinfonietta Riga (under Felix Korovov) , Astana Philharmonic Orchestra (under Yerzhan Dautov), Torun Symphony Orchestra (under Anna Mróz), Bacău ‘Mihail Jora’ Philharmonic Orchestra (under Ovidiu Balan) and Japan Classic Orchestra (under Midori Shimizu).
Shio has also been a prize winner, including 1st Vladimir Krainev Moscow International Piano Competition (Russia 2015, 1st Prize ”Discovery Prize”), 2nd International Festival and Competition "Astana Piano Passion" (Kazakhstan 2014, 1st Prize and Special Prize), 2nd Steinway Piano Competition for Young Pianists in Japan (Japan 2014, 1st Prize and Audience Award), XIV Nutcracker International Television Contest for Young Musicians (Russia 2013, 2nd Prize and Audience Award), 4th Manchester International Concerto Competition for Young Pianists (United Kingdom 2013, 1st Prize), X International Competition for Young Pianists in Memory of Vladimir Horowitz "Horowitz-Debut" (Ukraine 2013, 1st Prize and Special Prize), The 22nd Japan Classical Music Competition (Japan, 2012 Grand Prix) and others.