Hinano Ishii made her concerto debut at Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center, at the age of 18 and has appeared as a soloist at Carnegie Hall and the United Nations. She was the featured artist on PBS television’s 44th annual “Once Upon a Christmas Cheery in the Land of Shakhashiri” and had an article highlighting her accomplishments published on UW-Madison’s homepage.
Currently residing in Washington D.C., Hinano holds a position as an Operations Manager at Classical Movements, the leading concert tour company for performing groups. She assists in coordinating concert tour logistics for professional orchestras and choirs as well as renowned youth ensembles from around the world. Classical Movements has worked in 144 countries and has become the leader in understanding the needs of quality music performance groups since its inception in 1992. In addition, Classical Movements also regularly commissions new music and produces four International Choral Festivals (Serenade! Washington D.C., Ihlombe! South Africa, Melodia! South America, and Rhapsody! Vienna, Salzburg, Prague) as well as an International Young Artist Summer Music Festival (Prague Summer Nights).
At Bravo! Vail Music Festival, she coordinated concert production for the New York Philharmonic, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Dallas Symphony Orchestra and a series of solo and chamber music performances in the Vail Valley area. Hinano also worked in operations with the National Symphony Orchestra at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington D.C. During her undergraduate studies, she served as the Assistant Concert Manager and Public Relations at UW-Madison School of Music and the Programming and Development Intern at the Overture Center for the Arts, Madison’s premier performing arts center.
As President of Arts Enterprise (2012-2014), she produced a series of arts entrepreneurship and arts management workshops at University of Wisconsin-Madison. Eager to create a space for creative business, she initiated an Arts Career Resource Center in the Student Activity Center on campus. Arts Enterprise also offers a 3-credit course “Art as Business as Art” and an annual New Arts Venture Challenge awarding a $2,000 grant to young arts entrepreneurs. Previous experiences also include serving as a Programming and Community Engagement Intern at Overture Center for the Arts, a Marketing Assistant for PROJECT Trio, a Student Representative for Madison Symphony Orchestra, and an intern at the Children’s Orchestra Society and MusicUnboxed.
Having won multiple classical music competitions and scholarships, her primary teachers included Stephanie Jutt (UW-Madison), Koaki Shinkai (NY) and Kaori Fujii Cecil (NY). She has appeared as a masterclass performer for Jeanne Baxtresser, Michel Debost, Jeffrey Khaner, Robert Dick, Judith Mendenhall, Kazuo Tokito, Linda Toote, Jonathan Keeble, Gary Schocker, Conor Nelson and Mark Sparks. She has attended New York State Summer School of the Arts-School of Orchestral Studies under the F. Ludwig Diehn Scholarship, Boston University Tanglewood Institute, Aria Academy, Oberlin Conservatory Flute Institute, Gary Schocker’s Flute Retreat, Skidmore Flute Institute, LIU Post Chamber Music Festival, and Cape Cod Flute Institute.
At the Children’s Orchestra Society, she was the Discovery Concerto Competition winner, the principal flutist of its orchestras, an active chamber musician and the Dr.H.T.Ma Scholarship recipient. She made her concerto debut at Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center under the baton of its Music Director Michael Dadap with the Children’s Orchestra Society’s Young Symphonic Ensemble. In addition to her musical activities, she served as its intern for two years. She credits the Children’s Orchestra Society for the great musical influence it had on her, ultimately leading to pursue music in college and later in arts administration.
She founded the Jericho Flute Quartet in 2009 which placed as a winner at the Concert Festival International Ensemble Competition. The quartet performed at Merkin Hall, Lincoln Center, as well as community events on Long Island. Immediately following the 2011 tsunami in Japan, she formed a small charity chamber group that performed at local Japanese Schools and charity events. The ensemble successfully raised over $3,000 which they donated to the Japanese Red Cross Society.
At University of Wisconsin-Madison, Hinano performed in the UW Chamber Orchestra, UW Wind Ensemble and the Monona Winds, a woodwind quintet she founded in 2013. She worked towards her Bachelor of Music Performance on Flute studying with Stephanie Jutt. During her third year, she launched a project called “Multi-faceted Independent Study in Arts Administration” which focuses on creative career developments in the arts and arts administration.
Born in Tokyo, Japan, Hinano grew up in Hong Kong, Singapore and New York. While attending the University of Wisconsin-Madison, her family resided in London, England (soon to be moving to Beijing and Tokyo). Before she committed to music, she was a competitive equestrian for ten years and had two art works displayed at the Louvre. She dreams to someday own a miniature pony and name it Tchaikovsky, her favorite composer. Hinano graduated with distinction from University of Wisconsin-Madison with a Bachelor of Music Performance.
Hinano played the Chaminade Concertino with exquisite sensitivity, eloquent poetry and great assurance.
-Dr. Yeou-Cheng Ma, Executive Director of Children’s Orchestra Society