Sapporo Symphony Orchestra


Conductors/Players/Directors/StaffAbout SSO


Yuji ISHIKAWA © Photo by Masahide Sato

Ishikawa started to play cello at the age of eight, and continued his study at Tokyo University of Music with special distinction. He graduated the University with summa cum laude rewarded NTTDoCoMo award and other various scholarships. In order to search further in performance, Ishikawa completed the postgraduate course in 2001. Ishikawa’s mentors were Shuya Matsushita, Ryoichi Hayashi, Akimichi Hoshino, Fumiaki Kono, and Ryosuke Hori. Ishikawa’s activity is varied, not only with the orchestra, but also as a soloist and a chamber musician. He won the second prize in the 8th Japan Chamber Music Competition (1998) and the first prize (no 2nd prize selected) in the 68th Music Competition of Japan “Cello,” with Kuroyanagi award (1999). During the same year, Ishikawa became a transfer and scholarship student between Okinawa International Music Festival 1999, sponsored by Shuku Iwasaki, and Chigiana Music Academy in Siena, Italy, which gave him an opportunity to study cello under Mario Brunello. In May 2002, Ishikawa won the Best Young Player Award from the 8th Ogaki Music Festival. His soloist activities include concerts with Central Aichi Symphony Orchestra, Tokyo City Philharmonic Orchestra, Tokyo Symphony Orchestra, Kanagawa Philharmonic Orchestra, Hyogo Performing Arts Center Orchestra, and Sapporo Symphony Orchestra, all highly acclaimed. Ishikawa was the principal cello of Tokyo Symphony Orchestra, and became the principal cello of the Sapporo Symphony Orchestra in April 2005, the position he now holds. Ishikawa is a recipient of the 2010 DOGIN Arts and Culture Encouragement Award.

Ishikawa has recordings of Dvorak Cello Concerto (from October 2013 Sapporo Symphony Orchestra Subscription Concert with Radomil Eliska) and Brahms Cello Sonata No. 1 and No. 2.

Ishikawa is a part-time senior lecturer of Hokkaido University of Education, Iwamizawa Campus.