Kayo Ishimaru-Fleisher, PrincipalHarp

Kayo Ishimaru-Fleisher


Tokyo, Japan

Year you joined the Grant Park Music Festival:


Where did you study?

Tokyo University of Fine Arts & Music; Paris Conservatory

Career highlight?

Getting a job in the United States!

What do you love most about your instrument?

How well it stay in tune (we spend half of our life tuning  and other half playing out of tune) But  people love to hear the harp anyway.

What would you be if you weren’t a musician?

Architect or designer

Can you share any memorable stories from your experience with Grant Park Music Festival?

Leon Fleischer is my father-in-law. He played piano in GPMF and my husband played 2nd harp for that concert as well.