About Chie

The pianist, composer, bass player and author, Chie Ishii, was born in Tokyo, Japan. At the age of 4, she started playing the piano. She had her first public concert when she was 6 years old. At the age of 12, she fell in love with the music of Frederic Chopin. At the same time, she was fascinated by rock music and played keyboard in many different rock bands in Japan.

Chie Ishii left Japan when she was 19. She lived in the United States from 1983 till 1989 and studied music - piano performance at Berklee College of Music in Boston, in Brevard Music School in North Carolina and at College of the Ozarks in Arkansas. In these years she also learned the alto saxophone and the electric bass guitar. She won first prizes in different piano competitions in US and finished her music diploma with honour. Besides her profession as a concert pianist, a studio musician and a church organist, she was also the director of the YAMAHA music school in Fort Smith, Arkansas. In 1990 she worked at the Oxford University in England, and since 1991 she lives in Berlin, Germany.

In 1997 she was the first audio-DVD recording artist in Europe. This Recording, CD "Berlin Affair" was introduced at the international consumer electronic show in Berlin. So far she has released 4 solo albums with the works of Chopin and of her own and one album with the compositions of Heinz Erhardt.

In 2003 she formed her own rock ‘n’ roll band "Breathless", in which she plays the bass guitar and which she manages.

She is also a piano teacher and an author of music books. In 2006 her piano method "Piano Basics" (Basisbuch Klavier) was published, which is for all ages from 4 with or without prior knowledge. In 2007 three further books, "20 Small Concert Pieces", "I’ll Think about You"- 5 romantic compositions of Chie Ishii and a keyboard method "Let’s Get on to the Keys" (An die Tasten) were published. In 2009 three further books, "Christmas on Earth" – Piano and Keyboard Arrangements of popular Christmas carols, "Heinz Erhardt mal klassisch" and a song book of a rock band from Berlin called "MIA" were published.

Chie Ishii‘s current repertoire includes besides the famous works of romanticism especially those of Frederic Chopin, numerous original composition of her own, with which she expresses her extraordinary emotions.

Since 2008 her repertoire includes also the piano works of the German humorist Heinz Erhardt, which were unpublished and unknown until then.

Chie Ishii possesses the hand written music of these pieces. In 2009 she was the only authorized person who was allowed to present these compositions in public for the first time in celebration of Heinz Erhardt’s 100th birthday.

References

Concerts

Philharmonie Berlin (Kammermusiksaal/ Chamber Hall) Universität der Künste Berlin/ University of Art Berlin
Schauspielhaus Berlin Frankfurter Börse/ Frankfurt Stock Exchange
Schloßtheater im neuen Palais (Potsdam) Volkstheater (München)
Franziskaner Konzerthaus (Schwarzwld/ Black Forest) Aidsgala (Sylt, Köln)
Konzert/ Concert im KaDeWe Berlin Hogatec (Düsseldorf)
Jazz Radio Berlin (101.9) Spiegelsaal Bad Nauheim
Kunstauktion / Art Auction (Berlin) Golfclub Schloß Nippenburg
Neue Tonhalle (Schwarzwald/ Black Forest) Golfclub Bad Bentheim
Palais am Festungsgraben (Berlin) Konzerte beim Unternehmerverband ASU & BJU in Berlin/
Literaturfest im Kleisthaus (Berlin) (Concerts at the Enterpriser´s Association ASU & BJU in Berlin)
Kulturfesttage/ Culture Festival (Berlin) Heimat/ Folklore Museum Berlin
Filmstudio Babelsberg Konzerte in Tokyo, Japan
Hotel Estrel BerlinTop Hotel Magazin Events
Abgeordnetenhaus Berlin/ House of Representatives (Berlin) Intercontinental Hotel Berlin
Konzert auf der Zugspitze Dorint Hotel (Sylt, Bad Neuenahr, Neuss & Garmisch- Partenkirchen)
Schlot (Jazz Club) Berlin Tag der deutschen Einheit Konzert/ German Reunification´s Day Concert
Gotischer Saal der Zitadelle Berlin Kulturbrauerei Berlin
Ernst-Reuter-Saal Berlin Hotel Kempinski Berlin
Mercedes Haus Berlin Leucorea Lutherstadt Wittenberg
Görres Haus (Koblenz) Lions Club Events (Worms)
Konzerthalle/Concert Hall der Bad Freienwalde Pädagogische Hochschule/University of Education (Weingarten)
Augus-Theater Neu-Ulm Kulturzentrum/Culture Center Linse (Weingarten)
Kulturzentrum /Culture Center K9 (Konstanz) Japan Tour with the 12 Tenors
u.s.w / etc

Cruises

MS/ MV Europa (5 Sterne plus/ 5 Stars plus) MS Hanseatic MS Bremen
MS Deutschland MS Columbus MS Berlin
MS Delphin MS Arkona MS Song of Flower
MS Delphin Voyager MS Princess Daphne MS Ocean Majesty
MS Hamburg MS Amadeus

TV appearances

ARD RTL Sat 1
MDR WDR Deutsche Welle TV
FAB Berlin ZDF-Traumschiff NDR
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Radio

Jazz Radio Berlin SFB Radio 100,6
rbb Kulturradio Deutschland Radio

Press

Chie has received much press coverage during her career. The table below shows scanned copies of selected newspaper articles. Please click on the row to view the full-sized article. Note that all the articles currently shown are in the German language.

3 June 2016 Heilbronner Stimme Bravos für Chie Ishii
9 June 2015 Lausitzer Rundschau "Walzer eines Wahnsinnigen"
25 February 2014 Schwäbische Zeitung Noch ein Klavierstück
17 January 2011 Der Havelländer Tanz der Nippfiguren
15 January 2011 Berliner Abendblatt Handgeschriebenes
6 June 2010 Wittenberger Online Chie-Ishii präsentiert Heinz Erhardt und seine Musik in der Leucorea
18 November 2009 Südkurier Heinz Erhardt einmal ganz klassisch
14 November 2009 Schwarzwälder Bote Chie Ishii gibt Heinz-Erhardt "mal klassisch"
14 November 2009 Südwestpresse Die Heinz-Erhardt-Expertin begeistert
6 November 2009 Schwarzwälder Bote Das klassische Werk eines versierten Komikers
4 November 2009 Südwestpresse Erhardts Vermächtnis dient gutem Zweck
29 October 2009 Schwäbische Zeitung Pianistin Chie Ishii spielt "Heinz Erhardt mal klassisch"
19 October 2009 Rhein-Zeitung Eine Matinee für Heinz Erhardt
22 September 2009 Schwäbische Zeitung - Ulm Im Geist der Spätromantik
15 July 2009 Berliner Woche Stille Nacht
3 April 2009 Südwestpresse Chie Ishii feiert grossen Erfolg
18 February 2009 Südwestpresse Zum 100. von Heinz Erhardt
13 February 2008 Berliner Woche Knüppelharte Klassik
January 2008 DAK MAGAZIN fit! Traumhafte Zustände
21 November 2007 Berliner Woche An die Tasten, fertig, los
27 June 2007 Berliner Woche Diese Stadt war mein Ziel
Sep/Oct 1999 SCALA Neue Affäre
31 August 1999 Die Welt "Ich bin süchtig nach Applaus"
31 October 1998 Südkurier Doppelte Liebeserkläung einer Japanerin
4 June 1998 BZ Zum Frühstück bitte ein Bier!
May/Jun 1998 SCALA Gute Technik
Apr 1998 Piano News Berlin Affair 1 Rezension