Shion Minami


With her second prize of Long-Thibaud International Competition, Shion Minami attracted a great deal of international attention in 2005. In 2015, she was awarded second prize at the Joseph Joachim International Violin Competition Hannover. She is one of the most acclaimed talented young violinists of her generation.

Born in Kitakyushu, Japan and began studying the violin at the age of three. She studied with Eisuke Shinozaki, Miki Shinozaki, Yu Nishiwada, and Koichiro Harada. She currently continues her study in Hannover, Germany, with Krzysztof Wegrzyn.

Ms. Minami has been awarded many prizes including the first prize at the 54th Student Music Concourse of Japan in Fukuoka (elementary school pupils’ convention), the second prize (no first prize winner) at the 10th Classical Music Competition in Japan (elementary school pupils’ convention) in 2000, and the first prize at the 56th Student Music Concourse of Japan in Fukuoka (secondary school students’ convention) in 2002.

In Europe, she won the 13th Alberto Curci International Violin Competition (Napoli, Italy) in 2004 when she was 15 years old, which led her debut in Italy in 2005. In October 2005, she was given the second prize at the Long-Thibaud International Competition as well as the Prize of the SACEM as for the best recital performer. She played with French National Orchestra at the Gala Concert of Long-Thibaud in Paris in 2006, Lille National Orchestra in 2007, San Carlo Theatre Orchestra, La Scala Chamber Orchestra and many other Japanese orchestras. She joined the Japan tour of Bilbao Symphony Orchestra conducted by Juanjo Mena in July 2009. In October 2015, she won second prize at the Joseph Joachim International Violin Competition Hannover.

Her interest in recording allowed her to be the first artist of the new label of UNIVERSAL MUSIC <UCJ Japan>, from which she released her debut album in March 2008. Her newest CD <Bloom> was released in March 2010.

Winner of the Kitakyushu Civil Culture Honorable Award in 2005, the Fukuoka Prefecture culture Awards in 2006, and the 11th Hotel Okura Award in 2010.

Shion Minami performs on the Antonio Stradivarius 1727 violin, kindly loaned to her by the Suntory Foundation for Arts.

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