Dai Fujikura

Dai Fujikura

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Biography

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Dai Fujikura was born in 1977 in Osaka, Japan. He was fifteen when he moved to UK to complete his secondary education. His studies continued in college, where, during his sophomore year, he won the Serocki International Composers Competition. Since then, he has been awarded many other important prices including the Royal Philharmonic Society Award, Otaka Prize, Akutagawa Composition Award, WIRED Audi Innovation Award, the Paul Hindemith Prize, and The Silver Lion Award from Venice Biennale 2017. His works include operas, orchestral pieces, ensemble works, chamber music, and film scores.

Having received numerous international co-commissions, Dai Fujikura’s music has been performed in Europe, Asia, and North and South America. He recently held the composer-in-residence position at Nagoya Philharmonic Orchestra. He has received two BBC Proms commissions, his “Double Bass Concerto” was premiered by the London Sinfonietta, and in 2013 the BBC Symphony Orchestra gave the UK premiere of his "Atom". Suntory Hall hosted a portrait concert of his orchestral music in 2012. Fujikura’s "Tocar y Luchar" was premiered under the baton of Gustavo Dudamel with the Simón Bolívar Youth Orchestra in Venezuela in 2011.

Fujikura has also received performances and commissions from Bamberg Symphony, Munich Chamber Orchestra, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Philharmonia Orchestra, Tokyo Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, New Japan Philharmonic, and Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, among many others. He has collaborated with Ensemble Modern, Arditti Quartet, Ensemble Intercontemporain, International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), Oslo Sinfonietta, Asko Ensemble, Klangforum Wien, and Bit20 Ensemble. Ultraschall Berlin, Lucerne Festival, Salzburg Festival, Punkt Festival, Spoleto Festival, NHK Symphony Orchestra, Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra, Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, and Tanglewood Festival have all programmed his music, and his works have been conducted by many conductors including Pierre Boulez, Peter Eötvös, Jonathan Nott, Kazuki Yamada, Martyn Brabbins, Peter Rundel, and Alexander Liebreich.

Dai Fujikura’s first opera Solaris, a co-commission by Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, Opéra de Lille, Opéra de Lausanne, Ircam-Centre Pompidou, and Ensemble Intercontemporain, had its world premiere in Paris 2015. The multimedia production which included dance, electronics, and 3D film was directed by Saburo Teshigawara who also wrote the libretto. The opera is based Stanisław Lem’s famous science fiction novel of the same name. Theatre Augusburg will present a new production of Solaris for the German premiere in May 2018.

Fujikura’s debut solo album, Secret Forest was produced by NMC Recordings in 2012. Since then, he’s had numerous albums produced including Mirrors which features four of his orchestral works, Ice, on the Kairos label, and most recently, my letter to the world, named for his song cycle, which he produced on his own label, Minabel in collaboration with SONY Japan. For a complete list of his recordings, visit http://www.daifujikura.com/un/discography.html.

Fujikura also has strong connections to the experimental pop/jazz/improvisation world. His co-composition with Ryuichi Sakamoto, peripheral movement for electronics, premiered in Hakuju Hall in Japan in 2013, and his collaborative works with David Sylvian were recorded for Sylvian's album Died in the Wool. Jan Bang released an album on Jazzland records, which featured Fujikura’s collaborations with Jan Bang and Sidsel Endresen.

Recently, Dai has been named the artistic director of the Born Creative Festival in Tokyo Metropolitan Theater for 2017. He will take the positions of composer-in-residence at the Orchestre national d'Île-de-France, and artist-in-residence at The Philharmonic Chorus of Tokyo beginning in 2017. He is currently preparing for his second opera, The Gold-Bug, which will premiere in March 2018 in Basel. His orchestra work, Glorious Clouds which was co-commissioned by Nagoya Philharmonic, WDR Sinfonieorchester Köln, and Orchestre national d'Île-de-France, will be premiered in Japan in 2017, followed performances France and Germany.

Dai Fujikura is published by Ricordi Berlin.

CONCERTS

Full list of concerts

2020

January 18th, 2020, UltraSchall Festival Berlin, Germany
Serene for recorder (World Premiere)
Performed by Jeremias Schwarzer

January 24th+25th 2020, Sendai, Japan
Tocar y Luchar for orchestra
Performed by Sendai Philharmonic Orchestra
Kosuke Tsunoda (conductor)

February 2020
Twin Tweets for clarinet duo (World Premiere)

February 2020
Hop for piano, clarinet and cello (World Premiere)

February 20th 2020, Rennes, France
Umi for orchestra (French Premiere)
Performed by Orchestre Symphonique de Bretagne
Conducted by Grant Llewellyn

February 21st 2020, Rennes, France
Umi for orchestra
Performed by Orchestre Symphonique de Bretagne
Conducted by Grant Llewellyn

March 5, 2020, 8pm
Miller Theatre, NY, USA
COMPOSER PORTRAITS "Dai Fujikura"
New work (2019) for ensemble world premiere
Minina for 5 players (2013)
silence seeking solace for soprano and string quartet (2013)
secret forest for chamber orchestra (2008)
abandoned time for rock guitar and ensemble (2004, rev. 2006)
Performers:
Alyce Tessier soprano
Daniel Lippel guitar
International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE)


11th March 2020, Geneva, Switzerland
IMPULSE - Piano Concerto No3 (Swiss Premiere)
performed by Orchestre de la Suisse Romande
conductor: Jonathan Nott

April 8, 2020 Salle des concerts - Philharmonie de Paris, Cité de la musique, Paris, France
Opera Le Scarabée d’or
(“The Gold-Bug”) (French version World Premiere)
music: Dai Fujikura
libretto by Hannah Dübgen
(French translation: Mirabelle Ordinaire)
Musikalische Leitung: Jean Deroyer
director: Mirabelle Ordinaire
Orchestre national d’Île-de-France

April 23rd 2020, 石川県立音楽堂, Kanazawa, Japan
Umi for orchestra
Performed by Orchestra Ensemble Kanazawa
Conducted by Yuko Tanaka

April 25th 2020, Suntory Hall, Tokyo, Japan
Umi for orchestra
Performed by Tokyo Symphony Orchestra
Conducted by Jonathan Nott

April 26th 2020, Muza Kawasaki Hall, Kanagawa, Japan
Umi for orchestra
Performed by Tokyo Symphony Orchestra
Conducted by Jonathan Nott

August 2020
"Akiko's Piano" - Piano Concerto No4 (World Premiere)
performed by Hiroshima Symphony Orchestra
Martha Argerich (piano)

2020 Winter
New OPERA (World Premiere)

2019

18th January 2019, Suntory Hall, Tokyo, Japan
IMPULSE - Piano Concerto No3 (Japan Premiere)
performed by Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra
piano: Yu Kosuge
conductor: Kazuki Yamada

20th January 2019 Southbank, London, UK
Flute Concerto (ensemble version)
performed by The Philharmonia Orchestra
Claire Chase (Flutes)

20th January 2019 クロサワバイオリン コントラバス本店, Tokyo, Japan
Bis for double bass
es for double bass
performed by Yoji Sato

29th January 2019, Grande salle Pierre Boulez - Philharmonie, France
Glorious Clouds for Orchestra (French Premiere)
performed by Orchestre national d'Île-de-France
conductor: Jamie Phillips

30th January 2019, Schwere Reiter - Tanz Theater Musik, Munich, Germany
Dolphins for 2 cellos version
performed by Benedict Klöckner + Peter Tilling

29th January 2019 杉並公会堂、Japan
Bis for double bass
Performed by Yoji Sato

3 February 2019
Théâtre Luxembourg de Meaux, France
Glorious Clouds for Orchestra
performed by Orchestre national d'Île-de-France
conductor: Jamie Phillips

19th February 2019, Tokyo Opera City, Japan
Prism Spectra for viola and live electronics 
performed by Mari Adachi

21st February 2019, Centre des Bords de Marne, Le Perreux sur Marne
Ki i te for soprano
Eternel Escape for cello
Away we play for 3 female voices
Yurayura for horn and string quartet
Narwhal echo for 3 female voices and cello (World Premiere)
performed by Sequenza 9.3,
Catherine Simonpierti, conductor
Principal cellist from the ONDIF

22nd February 2019, Nagoya, Japan
Umi (海) for Orchestra (World Premiere or Japan Premiere)
performed by Nagoya Philharmonic Orchestra
conductor: Antoni Wit

22nd February 2019, Kioi Hall, Tokyo, Japan
My letter to the world (soprano and piano version World Premiere)
performed by Rie Miyake (Soprano)+Lucas Wong (piano)

23th February 2019, Nagoya, Japan
Umi (海)for Orchestra
performed by Nagoya Philharmonic Orchestra
conductor: Antoni Wit

23th February 2019, Tokyo Opera City, Japan
my letter to the world for baritone and ensemble version (only movement 1+2 World Premiere)
performed by Ensemble Nomad
baritone: Toshiya Yabuuchi
conductor: Norio Sato

23th February 2019, エスパスホール Japan
Yurayura for horn
performed by Nobuaki Fukukawa


2nd March 2019, Wigmore Hall, London
Ki i te for soprano (text by Sara Kobayashi)
"Dawn Passacaglia" for soprano (text by Harry Ross) 
performed by Sara Kobayashi

4th March 2019, Conservatorio Superior de Música de Aragón, Spain
Abandoned Time for rock guitar and ensemble
performed by Academia para la Nueva Música (CSMA)
Nacho de Paz (conductor)

11 March, 2019 Arkansas State University, USA
Chance Monsoon for guitar
Performed by Jordan Dodson

Friday 15 March 2019, 7.30pm, CBSO Centre, Birmingham, UK
Frozen Heat for piano
Performed by Laura Farré Rozada

17th of March 2019, ATHENS, Greece
Heterotopies, Onassis Cultural Center
Cosmic Maps for 2 pianos (Greek Premiere)
Performed by Piano for two (Beata Pincetic + Christos Sakellaridis)

21st March 2019, Glasgow City Halls, Glasgow, Scotland
IMPULSE - Piano Concerto No.3
performed by Yu Kosuge (piano),
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
conducted by Alexander Liebreich

23rd March 2019, Octave 9, Seattle, USA
Bright Codes for piano
Performed by Jacob Greenberg

23rd March 2019, Royal Opera House, Stockholm, Sweden
Eternal Escape for cello 
Performed by Kati Raitinen

26th March 2019, St George the Martyr Church, Borough High Street, London
Frozen Heat for piano
performed by Laura Farré-Rozada 

March 28th 2019, Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York, USA
Image/Sound Festival
Fluid Calligraphy for violin and video (video by Tomoya Yamaguchi)
Performed by Lauren Cauley

30st March 2019, Spring Festival in Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan
Horn Concerto No2  - part 1 - (Horn and Ensemble version World Premiere)
performed by Nobuaki Fukukawa (Horn)

5th April 2019, Seoul National University, Korea
Uri for percussion
Performed by Isao Nakamura

17th April 2019, 7:30pm, Hanson Dyer Hall, Ian Potter Southbank Centre, Melbourne, Australia
Frozen Heat: The Music of Dai Fujikura
Ensemble Three and the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music New Music Ensemble

THREE for electric guitar, trumpet and trombone (World Premiere)
Be II for 4 percussionists
Frozen Heat for ensemble
Go for piano and wind quartet
Clari4nics for 4 clarinets
Uto for 4 percussionists
Performed by Ensemble THREE and musicians from Melbourne Conservatorium of Music

12th April 2019, Festival Hall, Osaka, Japan
Rare Gravity for orchestra
performed by Osaka Philharmonic Orchestra
conducted by  Tadaaki Otaka

12th April 2019, 8pm, Nacht zeitgenössischer Orgelmusik, Berlin, Germany
Water Path for organ
performed by Age-Freerk Bokma

13th April 2019, Festival Hall, Osaka, Japan
Rare Gravity for orchestra
performed by Osaka Philharmonic Orchestra
conducted by Tadaaki Otaka

3rd May 2019, Kitara, Sapporo, Japan
Banitza Groove for orchestra
performed by Sapporo Symphony Orchestra
conducted by Masato Suzuki

5rd May 2019, La folle journée, Tokyo, Japan
Puyu (co-composition with Shin Sasakubo)
performed by Shin Sasakubo (guitar), Dai Fujikura (keyboard)
Silent Seeking Solace for soprano and string quartet (Japan Premiere)
performed by Rie Miyake and Hemmi Quartet

May 11th 2019 at 7:00PM, Spectrum in Brooklyn, New York City, USA
Lake Side for 2 female voices
Performed by TONGUE IN CHEEK (Amber Evans+Ruston Ropac)

16th May 2019, The Symphony Hall, Osaka, Japan
Secret Forest for orchestra
performed by Japan Century Symphony Orchestra
conducted by Ken Takaseki

17th May JT Art Hall Affinis, Tokyo, Japan
Dolphins for 2 saxophones
Performed by Masanori Oishi and Claude Delangle

21st May Toyonaka Performing Arts Center, Osaka, Japan
Dolphins for 2 saxophones
Performed by Masanori Oishi and Claude Delangle

May 25 2019 9 PM in Algés
(near Lisboa) / Portugal
”Uri” for percussion
Isao Nakamura (percussion)

May 28, 2019  7:00pm, Tokyo Opera City, Tokyo, Japan
Glorious Clouds for Orchestra (Japan Premiere)
Performed by NHK Symphony Orchestra
Conducted by Josep Pons

30th May 2019, Hamarikyu, Tokyo, Japan
Korokoro for shakuhachi
Performed by Dozan Fujiwara

1st June 2019, HaTeiva, Tel-Aviv, Israel
Yurayura - horn and vibraphone and marimba version world premiere
Performed by Saar Berger (horn)

1st June 2019, Caruna Fine Arts Museum, Spain
Resis Festival
SAKANA for saxophone
Performed by Rafael Yebra

9th June 2019, Goethe-Theater Hall at Iwasaki Museum, Yokohama
Joule for piano
performed by Tomoki Park

10th June, Erich Schickling Stiftung, Eggisried, Germany
Uri for percussion
performed by Isao Nakamura

14 June, 2019 at 10:00pm, Wigmore Hall, London, UK
Line by Line for violin
Performed by Viktoria Mullova

16 June, 2019 at 5:00pm, CBSO Centre, Berkley Street, Birmingham, UK
Time Unlocked for 6 musicians
Performed by NEXT

July 5th 2019, Nagoya, Japan
Glorious Clouds for Orchestra 
performed by Nagoya Philharmonic Orchestra
conductor: Martyn Brabbins

July 6th 2019, Nagoya, Japan
Glorious Clouds for Orchestra
performed by Nagoya Philharmonic Orchestra
conductor: Martyn Brabbins

July 9th 2019, Palazzo Chigi Saracini, Italy
Motion Notions for violin and motion sensor (World Premiere)
performed by Mari Kimura

2nd August 2019, Suntory Hall, Tokyo, Japan
WHIM for piano (World Premiere)
Performed by Yu Kosuge

August 3, 9:00 PM, 2019
MOSTLY MOZART FESTIVAL
Merkin Concert Hall, New York, USA
Shamisen Concerto - ENSEMBLE Version (World premiere)
Hidejiro Honjoh (Shamisen)
International Contemporary Ensemble (I.C.E.)
Vimbayi Kaziboni (conductor)

8th August 2019, MUSICASA, Tokyo
Ryu for koto (World Premiere)
Performed by Leo Konno

13th August 2019
BBC PROMS, Royal Albert Hall
tact 60 for orchestra (World Premiere) - part of Birthday Variations for M. C. B.
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
Martyn Brabbins (conductor)

18th August 2019, Warsaw Philharmonic Concert Hall, Poland
Umi (海) for orchestra (European Premiere)
Performed by Hiroshima Symphony Orchestra +
Sinfonia Varsovia
Tatsuya Shimono (conductor)

7 SEPTEMBER 2019
Punkt Festival, KRISTIANSAND, Norway
Shamisen Concerto (Orchestra version World Premiere)
Hidejiro Honjoh (Shamisen)
Kristiansand Symphony Orchestra
Christoffer Nobin (conductor)

September 7th 2019 Kunst-Station St. Peter, Cologne, Germany
Water Path for organ
Performed by Age-Freerk Bokma

14th September 2019, Nagara no Zaza, Shiga, Japan
Turtle Totem for Clarinet (World Premiere)
performed by Makoto Yoshida

October 5th 2019, Tokyo Opera City, Tokyo, Japan
My letter to the world
for baritone and ensemble (Ensemble version world premiere)
Performed by Ensemble Nomad
Masashi Mori (Voice)
Conducted by Norio Sato

November 17th 2019, 4 pm, Big Medium, 916 Springdale Rd, Texas, USA
Poyopoyo for horn
Performed by Zach Morgan

10th November 2019, 21_21 DESIGN SIGHT, Tokyo, Japan
Obi (帯) for Sho and electronics (World Premiere)
performed by Tamami Tono

November 14th 2019, Tokyo University of Arts, Tokyo, Japan
Glorious Clouds (2016/17)
for orchestra 
Performed by Geidai Philharmonia Orchestra,
Conducted by Ken Takaseki

December 1st 2019 14:00 Tokyo University of Arts, Tokyo, Japan
Sounding Seven Senses for ensemble and a dancer (World Premiere)
Performed by Koichi Omae(dancer), Ensemble from Geidai Philharmonia Orchestra

December 3rd 2019 20:00 Gläserner Saal / Magna Auditorium, Musikverein, Vienna, Austria
Frozen Heat for piano
Performed by Julian Yo Hedenborg

December 20th 2019, Hamarikyu Hall, Tokyo, Japan
bueno ueno for saxophone and taiko drum (World Premiere)
Performed by Kohei Ueno (Saxophone) and Eitetsu Hayashi (taiko drum)

December 26th 2019, Tokyo Opera City, Tokyo, Japan
Sawari for shamisen (world premiere)
Performed by Hidetaro Honjoh

Concerts in 2018 and before

WORKS

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OPERA

music for dance

music for dance

ORCHESTRA

Orchestra

ENSEMBLE

Ensemble

CHAMBER

ChamberString Quartet/Trio+soloist/voiceduoVoicesJapanese Instruments

Solo Works

Solo Keyboard worksSolo Woodwind worksSolo Brass worksSolo Percussion worksSolo String worksSolo Japanese instrument works

CONCERTOS

CONCERTO works

Japanese Instruments

works using Japanese instruments

Electronics Works

Electronics works with or without instrument(s)

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discography

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Minabel Records

Dai's record label:
Minabel Records
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Curator / Director 
藤倉大プロデュース公演

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Contacts

MANAGEMENT:
Kajimoto Concert Management
Mr. Shoji Sato
Ms. Orie Takita : orie.takita@kajimotomusic.com
Mr. Gen Terai

PUBLISHERS:
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