The Isomura Brothers, consisting of Kent Isomura (Piano) and Shauno Isomura (Violin) are a New Zealand born and raised classical duo who have together and individually over the years have quickly gained international attention through tours and invitations for concert performances all over the globe in countries including USA, Italy, Germany, Malta, Austria, Japan, China, Australia, New Zealand, and have also appeared in festivals including the Heifetz International Music Institute, Mendelssohn International Music Festival and the International Akaroa Music Festival.
The Isomura Brothers have strived to connect and make collaborations with numerous composers of our time such as Missy Mazzoli (USA), Elena Kats-Chernin (AUS), Gareth Farr (NZ), Benyamin Nuss (GER), Yao Chen (CHN), Toshiaki Komori (JP), Xu Tang (NZ), and have performed New Zealand Premieres of works by Japanese composers Yasushi Akutagawa, Akira Ifukube, Takayuki Hattori, and Kunimitsu Takeuchi.
Their most recent engagement includes a tour in China consisting of multiple recitals, seminars, workshops and masterclasses invited by the Capital Normal University conservatory of Music, South China Normal University School of Arts, Renmin University School of Music and the South China University of Technology School of Arts. They presented a recital programme of music by renowned composers from China, Japan and New Zealand, including a world premiere of a brand new work by Central Conservatory of Music A.Professor Yao Chen.
Learn more about this tour HERE
In the recent years, the brothers have strived to provide support and music for the cause of charity. The most significant being their extensive ‘Tsunami Violin Tour Project’ involving Japan and New Zealand.
In 2017, the brothers embarked on a national concert tour with the 'Tsunami Violin' - a violin made by Muneyuki Nakazawa in remembrance of the deceased and with aspiration of hope for the survivors of the 2011 Japan Earthquake & Tsunami. The tour was held in Wellington, Christchurch and a full house concert in the Auckland Town Hall Concert Chamber. The instrument was previously performed by violinists including Ivry Gitlis, Gerard Poulet, and Emiri Miyamoto and was for the very first time brought to and performed in New Zealand by the Isomura Brothers. The instrument was returned to Japan at the conclusion of the tour, to be passed onto the next violinist to spread the prayers of hopes across the globe. Learn more about this tour HERE
In April 2018, the Isomura Brothers gave multiple recitals during their Japan Tour spanning from Tokyo, Okayama, Naoshima, Yamada-machi up to Hokkaido - collecting a full house concert across all venues. The recital in Okayama was presented in collaboration with the concert-mistress of the Okayama Philharmonic Orchestra Mrs.Hiroko Kondo and featured the World Premiere of emerging New Zealand Chinese composer Xu Tang’s brand new work. The brothers later visited the Tohoku Region and performed for the people who suffered during the devastating 2011 Japan Earthquake & Tsunami. Learn more about this tour HERE