In 1988, Ms.Ishigure received a degree in Japanese Traditional Music at Takasaki Junior Arts College with a concentration on koto and shamisen. The same year she was recorded on the CD entitled The World of Tadao Sawai.She played koto and shamisen on the educational video. In 1994 she appeared on the CD entitled Tori no Yoni: (Flying Like a Bird) Tadao Sawai compositions.
She released her own solo CD Grace in 2001. In 2003 she recorded East Wind Ensemble which featured Hayao Miyazaki's animation songs arranged for koto and shakuhachi music. Since arriving in New York City in 1992 Ms.Ishigure has performed at Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall-Weill Recital Hall, BAM, Merkin Hall, Trinity Church, Symphony Space and other venues in the NY city metropolitan area. She has performed at Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Columbia, and many other prestigious universities and colleges. She made several duo appearances with NY City Ballet Principal Dancer Mr. Peter Boal, and was guest artist with the San Diego and New Haven Symphony Orchestras. Ms Ishigure has appeared in concerts for World Music Institute, Japan Society, Music from Japan, China Institute, and many others. She has participated in music festivals in Japan, Thailand, Brazil, Holland, France, Germany and has performed in Mexico, Russia, Belarus, Jamaica, Hawaii, Alaska, and many venues throughout the US.
In 2001 and 2005, Ms.Ishigure and several of her students performed with koto master Kazue Sawai at the Freer Gallery of the Smithsonian Institute in Washington DC. In 2005 she and her students also appeared with Kazue Sawai at Towson University in Maryland and the Asia Society in NYC. She has been featured in two public television broadcasts, Music Under New York,and World of Music. In 1997, she recorded koto music for CBS Master Work for use during the 1998 Nagano Winter Olympics. She has recorded koto music for use in several television commercials.
As an artist in residence from 1992 to 2006, Ms.Ishigure taught koto and shamisen in the music department of Wesleyan University (CT) where she formed the Wesleyan Koto Ensemble. She also offers private lessons as the only Sawai Koto Academy Instructor in the New York City and Washington DC area. She recorded music for the soundtrack of the movie Memoirs of a Geisha by John Williams in 2005 along with Yitzhak Perlman, Yo Yo Ma, and others.more
The practical thing to do is to use the orchestra as a kind of backdrop in front of which the indigenous instrument does its thing, and that is pretty much what Kim, Cowell, and Vali did.