A student of Takashi Shimizu, Issei is a former top prize winner at the Rodolfo Lipizer, Beethoven and Vladimir Spivakov International Violin Competitions. He will receive €25,000.
2nd and 3rd prizes were awarded to 29-year-old Aleksandra Kuls-Koziak from Poland and 21-year-old Sara Dragan from Poland. 4th and 5th prizes were awarded to 25-year-old Roksana Kwaśnikowska from Poland and 13-year-old Mateusz Izdebski from Poland.
The 2021 jury comprised: Konstanty Andrzej Kulka (Chairman) Krzysztof Jakowicz, Sławomir Tomasik, Jakub Jakowicz, Alena Baeva, Reiko Otani, Magdalena Rezler-Niesiołowska, Ryoko Tanabe, Adam Korniszewski, Takashi Shimizu, Jan Stanienda and Michael Vaiman.