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Dai Fujikura

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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.

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2020

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

2020
Piano Concerto No4 (World Premiere)

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)

29th January 2019, France
Glorious Clouds for Orchestra (French Premiere)
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

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

23th February 2019, Nagoya, Japan
Suite from SOLARIS for Orchestra
performed by Nagoya Philharmonic Orchestra
conductor: Antoni Wit

21st March 2019, St George the Martyr Church, Borough High Street, London
Frozen Heat for piano
performed by Laura Farré-Rozada

Summer 2019, Japan
Glorious Clouds for Orchestra 
performed by Nagoya Philharmonic Orchestra
conductor: Martyn Brabbins

2019 
tact 60 for orchestra (World Premiere)


2018

January 10th 2018 Philharmonie Berlin, Germany
Cello Concerto (ORCHESTRA Version) (World Premiere of the Orchestra version)
performed by Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin
Jan Vogler (Violoncello)
conductor: Manfred Honeck

January 20: Saint Vincent College - Latrobe, PA, USA
Chance Monsoon for guitar
performed by Jordan Dodson

February 6, 2018 Augsburg, Germany
Secret Forest for chamber orchestra
performed by Augsburger Philharmoniker
conductor: Domonkos Héja

February 17, 2018 Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Tel Aviv, Israel
Diamond Dust - piano concerto no2 -
performed by Israel Contemporary Players
Naaman Wagner (piano)
conductor: Léo Warynski

February 17, 2018 WIGMORE HALL, London, UK
--- Dai FUJIKURA Portrait at WIGMORE ---
Rubi(co)n for clarinet
Milliampere for solo toy piano
Es for solo double bass
Sakana for solo saxophone
Deepened Arc for solo piano
Frozen Heat for solo piano
Neo for solo shamisen
SekSek and Ayatori for solo piano
WAVES for solo piano (World Premiere)
Breathless for toy piano and violin
Samarasa for solo violin
Go for piano, clarinet, oboe, horn, bassoon
performers: Yu Kosuge, Mei Yi Foo, Bartosz Woroch, Enno Senft, Teunis van der Zwart, Hidejiro Honjo, Phillippe Tondre, Rie Koyama, Makoto Yoshida, Masanori Oishi

February 18, 2018 Carolina Performing Arts, Chapel Hill, USA
osm for solo cello
performed by Katinka Kleijn

March 3rd 2018, Tokyo Metropolitan Theater, Japan
Tuba Concerto (for Tuba and Wind Orchestra) (World or Japan Premiere)
performed by Øystein Baadsvik (tuba), Shizuo Z Kuwahara (conductor)
Tokyo Metropolitan Theater Winds Orchestra

March 9, 2018 Theater Basel, Switzerland
Opera "The Gold-Bug" (World Premiere)
music: Dai Fujikura
libretto by Hannah Dübgen
Musikalische Leitung: Stephen Delaney
director: Julia Hölscher
OTHER performances (changes could occur):
Sunday / March 11th / 4pm
Thursday / March 15th / 10am
Sunday / March 18th / 4pm
Monday / March 19th / 10am
Sunday / March 25th / 4pm
Thursday / April 26th / 10am
Sunday / April 29th / 4pm
Wednesday / May 9th / 10am (Derniere)

March 13th 2018, Tokyo Opera City
Flare for string quartet
performed by Verus String Quartet

March 17: Chapman University - Orange, CA
Chance Monsoon for guitar
performed by Jordan Dodson

March 31: The Crescent, Belfast (CUBE), Belfast, Ireland
The Voice for bassoon and cello
performed by Olivia Palmer-Baker (Bassoon)+David McCann (Cello)

April 5, 2018 Mannes School of Music - New York, USA
Poyopoyo for Horn
performed by Josh Davies

April 13, 2018 Toledo Museum of Art - USA
Sakana for clarinet
performed by Derek Emch

April 15, 2018 Musikkonservatorium - Aarhus, Denmark
Sakana for Saxophone
performed by Anja Nedremo

April 21, 2018 8pm Alex Theatre, LA, USA
Secret Forest for chamber orchestra (US premiere)
performed by Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra
conductor: Karina Canellakis

April 22, 2018 7pm Royce Hall, LA, USA
Secret Forest for chamber orchestra
performed by Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra
conductor: Karina Canellakis

May 4, 2018 10am Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre, Tokyo, Japan
LA FOLLE JOURNÉE TOKYO 2018
Za za za for horn and piano (World Premiere)
yurayura for horn
performed by Nobuaki Fukukawa (horn), Kazuo Irie (piano)

May 7, 2018 8:30pm: Galvin Recital Hall, Northwestern University (Evanston, IL), USA
Phantom Splinter for Oboe, Clarinet and Bassoon with electronics
performed by Ritual Action (Ben Roidl-Ward, bn. Andy Hudson, cl. and Andy Nogal, ob.)

May 11, 2018 7:30pm: Atlas Arts (Chicago, IL), USA
Phantom Splinter for Oboe, Clarinet and Bassoon with electronics
performed by Ritual Action (Ben Roidl-Ward, bn. Andy Hudson, cl. and Andy Nogal, ob.)

May 18, 2018 Theater Augusburg, Germany
Opera "SOLARIS" (German Premiere)
music: Dai Fujikura
libretto by Saburo Teshigawara
Musikalische Leitung: Lancelot Fuhry
Inszenierung: Dirk Schmeding
Bühnenbild: Stephan von Wedel
Kostüme: Frank Lichtenberg
Dramaturgie: Sophie Walz
OTHER performances:
May 26 / 19:30
May 31 / 18:00
June 6 / 19:30
June 8 / 19:30
June 10 / 18:00
June 16 / 19:30

May 26th 2018, Paris, France
Maison de la Culture du Japon à Paris
"Neo" for Shamisen
performed by Hidejiro Honjoh

May 30th 2018, Paris, France
Maison de la Culture du Japon à Paris
"Eternal Escape" for cello
performed by Alfian Emir Adytia

June 7th 2018, Sendai, Japan
"Secret Forest" for orchestra
performed by Sendai Philharmonic Orchestra,
Ken Takaseki (Conductor)

June 19th 2018, Borough New Muisc, London, UK
"Away we play" for 3 female singers
performed by Janet Oates, Jil House and Olivia Moss

June 30th 2018, 浜離宮朝日ホール, Tokyo, Japan
"returning" (harpsichord version world premiere)
performed by Hiroaki Ooi

July 4th 2018, 三重県文化会館, Mie, Japan
"Sarasara" for Marimba (World Premiere)
performed by Ria Ideta

July 5th 2018, Melbourne Recital Centre, Melbourne, Australia
"Deliquesce" for Trombone (Australian Premiere) 
performed by Benjamin Anderson

July 13th 2018, トーキョーコンサーツラボ Tokyo, Japan
"Korokoro" for Shakuhachi
performed by Reison Kuroda

July 14th 2018, STUDENT CENTER MM Center Savska cesta 25, Zagreb, Croatia
"Dolphins" for Saxophone Duo
performed by L'ombre Duo

July 21st 2018, Sydney Conservatorium of Music, Sydney, Australia
"Being as one" for Soprano, Cello and Bass Clarinet (Australian Premiere)
performed by Halcyon

August 9th 2018, Centre multimédia
à Rostrenen, Brittany, France
"Dolphins" for saxophone duo version
performed by Maï Toyama+Miyu Koda

August 14th 2018, Akiyoshidai, Japan
"Contour" for Tuba (World Premiere)
performed by Shinya Hashimoto

- Composer in residence Moritzburg Festival - 
August 18th 2018, Moritzburg Castle, Historic Dining Hall, Germany
"Kusmetche" for Violin
"Eternal Escape" for Cello
"Scion Stems" for string trio
performed by :
Mira Wang, Violin
Danbi Um, Violin
Nicholas Cords, Viola
Jan Vogler, Cello
Floris Mijnders, Cello

August 21st 2018
COMPOSER'S TALK
Moritzburg Castle, Historic Dining Hall
Dai Fujikura interviewed by Jan Vogler 

August 21st 2018, Moritzburg Castle, Historic Dining Hall, Germany
"Accompanying Franz" for soprano (text by Harry Ross)
"Silent Seeking Solace" for soprano and string quartet
Performed by :
Sarah Wegener, Soprano
Danbi Um, Violin
Abigél Králik, Violin
Pauline Sachse, Viola
Floris Mijnders, Cello
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August 21st 2018, Conservatory Orchestra Hall
YST Conservatory Singapore
"Samarasa" for violin
performed by Bartosz Woroch


September 13 2018, 第一生命ホール, Tokyo, Japan
Sawasawa for Choir and Marimba (Japan Premiere)
performed by The Philharmonic Chorus of Tokyo
marimba:  Noriko Tsukagoshi
conductor: Kazuki Yamada

September 15 2018, Aoyama Music Memorial Hall,
Barocksaal, Kyoto, Japan
Uri for percussion (World Premiere)
performed by Isao Nakamura

September 24th 2018, Tokyo Metropolitan Theater, Japan
"Born Creative Festival 2018"
Cello Concerto (Ensemble Version) (Japan Premiere)
performed by Katinka Kleijn (cello), Ensemble Nomad,
Norio Sato (Conductor)

5th October 2018, AUDITORIUM RAINIER III, Monte-Carlo
IMPULSE - Piano Concerto No3 (World Premiere)
performed by Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte-Carlo
piano: Yu Kosuge
conductor: Kazuki Yamada

17th October 2018, Nagano, Japan
Yurayura for horn 
performed by Nobuaki Fukukawa

20th October 2018, Hakuju Hall, Tokyo, Japan
- Portrait Concert -
Part 1:
"Neo" for shamisen
"Kiite" for soprano
"moment" for cello
"yurayura" for solo horn version
from "GO" for solo clarinet
"Eternal Escape" for cello
"Halcyon" for clarinet and string trio
part 2:
"Rubi(co)n" for clarinet
"Yurayura" for horn and string quartet version
"osm" for cello
"Dawn Passacaglia" for soprano
"Chance Monsoon" for guitar
"Perpetual Spring" for clarinet and string quartet
performed by Makoto Yoshida, Honjoh Hidejiro, Sara Kobayashi, Soichi Muraji, Hitomi Niikura, Nobuaki Fukukawa and Quartet Amabile

21st October 2018, Sumida Triphony Hall, Tokyo, Japan
Line by Line for violin
performed by Viktoria Mullova

October 31st 2018, Tokyo Metropolitan Theater, Japan
SOLARIS in 4 acts (concert version) (Japan Premiere)
music: Dai Fujikura
libretto by Saburo Teshigawara
performed by Ensemble Nomad,
Simon Bailey, Tom Randle, Rie Miyake, Rory Musgrave, Masashi Mori
Norio Sato (Conductor)

2nd November 2018, Kölner Philharmonie, Cologne, Germany
Glorious Clouds for Orchestra (World Premiere)
performed by WDR Symphony Orchestra Cologne
Peter Eötvös (conductor)

3rd November 2018, ALFRIED KRUPP SAAL · PHILHARMONIE ESSEN, Germany
Uri for percussion (German Premiere)
performed by Isao Nakamura
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Glorious Clouds for Orchestra 
performed by WDR Symphony Orchestra Cologne
Peter Eötvös (conductor)

21st December 2018, 香川県県民ホール小ホール, Japan
Dash for saxophone and harp (World Premiere)
performed by Naomi Shirai (Saxophone) and Mai Fukui (harp)

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Mr. Shoji Sato
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