鈴木慶江(すずき のりえ)

Norie Suzuki made her debut in 2002 with recitals held in Milan, Tokyo and Osaka. Her debut CD "Fiore" (EMI Music) became an exceptional big hit for classical music. In the same year, she appeared in NHK's annual year-end grand song festival followed by the New Year's Opera Concert. Her warm singing voice and glamorous stage presence impressed viewers all over Japan.

Norie Suzuki was born in Yokosuka. She completed the undergraduate course and graduate course in opera of Tokyo University of Arts. Winning the grand prize of Milan (1st prize) at the 29th Concorso di Lirica Italiano, she studied at the Conservatorio di Musica Giuseppe Nicolini di Piacenza on recommendation from November 1999. She won the highest place at the 31st Bellini International Vocal Competition.

After returning to Japan, she actively performed in opera performances, concerts with orchestras, recitals throughout Japan, and collaborations with different artists. Her wide-ranged activities also include the education program to visit elementary schools "to convey the joy to sing", project planning for cultural exchange between Japan and Italy, appearance in Panasonic CM, singing CM song of autumn 2008 YEBISU beer (Kohaku Ebisu), and appearances in TV and radio programs. She has been created Chevalier of Ordre des Coteaux de Champagne.

She actively appeared at charity concerts to support the recovery efforts from the Great East Japan Earthquake including the concert in May 2011 which Emperor and Empress attended.

"Ilgiorno della Mimosa" concert which she has given every March since 2007 to mark the International Women's Day, March 8, is now Tokyo's annual spring event.

Norie Suzuki has released 5 CDs with EMI Music Japan including the latest "Soave".

She is a specially-appointed lecturer at Toho College of Music.

September 2012