Shion OtaSupported by Club 32 donor Sandy Watson


February 20, 2000


Second Prize: Malta International Piano Competition (Valletta, Malta)
First Prize, Nomura Prize, Aiko Iguchi Prize, Yasuko Fukuda Prize and Music Encouragement Prize: Student Music Concours of Japan, Junior High School Division (Tokyo, Japan )
Fifth Prize, Most Promising Artist: Hamamatsu International Piano Academy (Hamamatsu, Japan)

Originally from Osaka, Shion Ota graduated from Tokyo College of Music High School and won a Special Scholarship to attend Tokyo College of Music, accelerating through the Piano Performance Course ‘Excellence’. She has studied under Katsunori Ishii, Mari Takeda, Minoru Nojima, Yuka Hanzawa and Farkas Gabor. She currently studies under Yukio Yokoyama.

Shion has performed with leading orchestras throughout Japan including Osaka Philharmonic Orchestra, Kansai Philharmonic Orchestra, Osaka Symphony Orchestra, Tokyo Symphony Orchestra, Japan Philharmonic Orchestra, and beyond with the Armenian State Symphony Orchestra. She has also participated in several piano academies, including the Hamamatsu International Piano Academy, the Villa Sandra Piano Academy and the Classical Bridge Festival. From 2013 to 2015, she was a recipient of the Yamaha Foundation Scholarship, the Aoyama Music Foundation Scholarship in 2017 and the Rohm Music Foundation Scholarship in 2019.

In 2018, Shion was selected as one of five musicians to perform in Japan’s prestigious CHANEL Pygmalion Days competition.


Upcoming Competition Repertoire

Preliminary Round

VII. Gavotte et six doubles

Maurice Ravel: La Valse 

I. Allegro
II. Moderato
III. Andante semplice
IV. Presto energico

IV. Strauss. Der Rosenkavalier. Ramble on the Last Love Duet


No.2 Ständchen

Semifinal Round

Johann Sebastian Bach/Ferruccio Busoni: Chaconne from Violin Partita No.2 in D minor BWV 1004 

Theme. Andante
Variation 1. Poco piu mosso
Variation 2. L’istesso tempo
Variation 3. Tempo di Minuetto
Variation 4. Andante
Variation 5. Allegro (ma non tanto)
Variation 6. L’istesso tempo
Variation 7. Vivace
Variation 8. Adagio misterioso
Variation 9. Un poco piu mosso
Variation 10. Allegro scherzando
Variation 11. Allegro vivace
Variation 12. L’istesso tempo
Variation 13. Agitato
Variation 14. Andante (come prima)
Variation 15. L’istesso tempo
Variation 16. Allegro vivace
Variation 17. Meno mosso
Variation 18. Allegro con brio
Variation 19. Piu mosso. Agitato
Variation 20. Piu mosso
Coda. Andante

Franz Liszt: Rhapsodie espagnole S.254

Final Round

I. Prélude
II. Allemande
III. Courante
IV. Sarabande
V. Les agréments de la même Sarabande
VI. Bourrée I alternativement
VII. Bourrée II
VIII. Gigue

I. Prelude

Alexander Scriabin: Piano Sonata No.5 in F# major Op.53 

I. Cloches à travers les feuilles

II. Et la lune descend sur le temple qui fut

III. Poissons d’or

I. Introduzione: Un poco Adagio – Allegro vivace

II. Aria

III. Scherzo: Allegrissimo – intermezzo: Lento

IV. Finale: Allegro, un poco maestoso


I. D major

II. Liebesleid