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Shion MINAMI VIOLIN

BIOGRAPHY

With her second prize of Long-Thibaud International Competition, Shion Minami attracted a great deal of international attention in 2005.  She continues her study in Japan, at the same time, gives many recitals and concerts in Japan and Europe.  Released her first recording in 2008.  She is one of the most acclaimed talented young violinists. 

Born in Kitakyushu, Japan and began studying the violin at the age of three.  She studied with Eisuke Shinozaki, Miki Shinozaki, Yu Nishiwada and is now studying with Koichiro Harada at Toho Gakuen School of Music.  Won 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.  Her performance in this tour was highly acclaimed.    

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.