The German-Japanese cellist, born in 1979, studied with Boris Pergamenschikov at the Hanns Eisler Conservatory in Berlin from 1998 until 2004.
After previously winning 1st prizes at the 1998 international Gaspar Cassado Cello Competition in Spain and the 1999 International Lutoslawski Cello Competition in Warsaw, Danjulo Ishizaka won the 1st prize at the renowned ARD international music competition in Munich, Germany in 2001. In 2002, he claimed the Grand Prix Emanuel Feuermann of the Kronberg Academy and the Universität der Künste in Berlin.
Ishizaka is regularly invited to perform at renowned music festivals such as the Cello Festival Kronberg, the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival, the Rheingau Music Festival, the Jerusalem Chamber Music Festival, the Kissinger Summer, and the Salzburg Easter Festival. His international concert schedule regularly takes him throughout Europe, the USA, China, Russia and Japan. In March 2006 he had his debut at Carnegie Hall in New York City.
He has performed with artists including Gidon Kremer, Lisa Batiashvili, Tabea Zimmermann and Elena Bashkirova as well as with leading orchestras including the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, the NHK Symphony Orchestra and the Vienna Symphony under the baton of conductors such as Christoph Eschenbach, Mstislav Rostropovich and Krzysztof Penderecki.
On his debut CD with Sony BMG, he recorded sonatas by Britten, Franck and Mendelssohn-Bartholdy with pianist Martin Helmchen. In 2006 the CD was awarded the “Echo Klassik” award of the German Phonographic Academy.
In 2011/12 Danjulo Ishizaka is planned to perform with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, the NHK Symphony Orchestra with Sir Roger Norrington, the Orchestre National de Belgique with Andrey Boreiko as well as l'Orchestre National des Pays de la Loire with John Axelrod. In addition, he will debut at the HongKong Arts Festival.
In 2011 Danjulo Ishizaka was appointed to a professorship for cello at the Carl Maria von Weber University of Music in Dresden.
Danjulo Ishizaka performs on the Wolfgang Schnabl cello, formerly played by Boris Pergamenschikov and provided by the Kronberg Academy, as well as the 1696 Stradivarius Cello “Lord Aylesford”, on loan to him from the Nippon Music Foundation.