Dai Fujikura

Dai Fujikura

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Biography

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Born in 1977 in Osaka Japan, Dai was fifteen when he moved to UK. The recipient of many composition prizes, he has received numerous international co-commissions from the Salzburg Festival, Lucerne Festival, BBC Proms, Bamberg Symphony, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra and more. He has been Composer-in-Residence of Nagoya Philharmonic Orchestra since 2014 and held the same post at the Orchestre national d'Île-de-France in 2017/18. Dai’s first opera Solaris, co-commissioned by the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, Opéra de Lausanne and the Opéra de Lille, had its world premiere in Paris in 2015 and has since gained a worldwide reputation. A new production of Solaris was created and performed at the Theatre Augsburg in 2018, and the opera received a subsequent staging in 2020.

In 2017, Dai received the Silver Lion Award from the Venice Biennale. In the same year, he was named the Artistic Director of the Tokyo Metropolitan Theater’s Born Creative Festival.
In 2019, his Shamisen Concerto was premiered at Mostly Mozart festival in New York Lincoln Center and there have so far been 9 performances of this work by various orchestras.
In 2020, his fourth piano concerto Akiko’s Piano is to be premiered by Martha Argerich and Dai is currently composing his third opera, which will be revealed to the public in the same year.
His works are recorded by and released mainly on his own label Minabel Records in collaboration with SONY Music and his compositions are published by Ricordi Berlin.

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CONCERTS

Full list of concerts

2021

24th February 2021, Queen Elizabeth Hall, London, UK
Shamisen Concerto (UK premiere of the Ensemble version)
Performed by London Sinfonietta
Vimbayi Kasiboni conductor

2020

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

January 21, 2020, Miller Theatre, New York, USA
Fluid Calligraphy for solo violin
performed by Lauren Cauley

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

February 1, 2020 8 pm, Rosch Recital Hall, USA
Phantom Splinter for oboe, clarinet, bassoon and live electronics
performed by RITUAL ACTION

February 8th 2020, 北九州市立響ホール, Japan
Spring and Asura for piano (Masaru version)
Performed by Miyuji Kaneko

9th February 2020
FESTIVAL PRÉSENCES, Paris, France
Hop for piano, clarinet and cello (World Premiere)
https://www.maisondelaradio.fr/evenement/musique-contemporaine/concert-5

12th February 2020
FESTIVAL PRÉSENCES, Paris, France
Twin Tweets for clarinet duo (World Premiere)
https://www.maisondelaradio.fr/evenement/concert-symphonique/boulez-benjamin

February 17th 2020, Radialsystem, Berlin, Germany
“Hop” for clarinet, cello and piano (German Premiere)
Performed by Trio Catch

February 18th 2020, Resonanzraum, Hamburg, Germany
“Hop” for clarinet, cello and piano
Performed by Trio Catch

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

Tuesday 25 February 2020 :
10H00 and 14H00 : in Le Blanc-Mesnil, Théâtre, 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
https://www.orchestre-ile.com/page/saison/30_saison-1920/concert/696_le-scarabee-dor

-Friday 28 February 2020 :
14H30 Concert in Créteil, Maison des Arts et de la Culture
Opera Le Scarabée d’or
(“The Gold-Bug”) (French version 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
https://www.orchestre-ile.com/page/saison/30_saison-1920/concert/696_le-scarabee-dor

28th February 2020, Tokyo Operacity, Tokyo, Japan
Shamisen Concerto (Ensemble version) Japan Premiere
Performed by Ensemble Nomad,
Hidejiro Honjoh (Shamisen),
Norio Sato (conductor)

28th February 2020, Sir Jack Lyons Concert Hall, York, UK
“GO” for piano, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, and horn
Performed by The Chimera Ensemble

28th February, Recital Room, Northwestern University, USA
Calling for bassoon
Performed by Ben Roidl-Ward

February 29, 2020, Arraymusic, Toronto, Canada 
Dai Fujikura Mini-Marathon
The Array Space, 155 Walnut Ave
3 sets (1pm, 2:30pm,4pm)
Array Ensemble
https://www.arraymusic.ca/dai-fujikura-mini-marathon/Dai Fujikura Mini-Marathon

Set I - 1pm

Reach Out (2002) for saxophone quartet
Wallace Halladay and others, saxophones

Uri (2017) for percussion solo *North American Premiere
David Schotzko, percussion

moromoro (2003) for piano, tape, and video
Cheryl Duvall, piano

Uto (2014) for four drums
Tim Roth
Jonny Smith
Jasmine Tsui
Sandra Veilleux

Set II - 2:30pm

Poison Mushroom (2003) for flute and electronics
Stephen Tam, flute

Repetition (2013) for marimba
Nikki Joshi, marimba

Fluid Calligraphy (2010) for violin and video
Ilana Waniuk, violin

Hop (2019) for clarinet, cello, and piano
Array Ensemble
Colleen Cook, clarinet
Lydia Munchinsky, cello
Stephen Clarke, piano

Set III - 4pm

Half-Remembered City (2002) - for 4 hands piano
Geoffrey Conquer
Wesley Shen

Minimina (2015) for vibraphone 
Aiyun Huang, vibraphone

The Spirit of Beings (2014) for cello and electronics
Amahl Arulanadam, cello

Be II (2004, rev. 2018) for percussion quartet
Tyler Cunningham
Gordon Fry
Marco Viel
Meilin Wei

Array Ensemble
University of Toronto Percussion Ensemble (Aiyun Huang, director)
Thin Edge New Music Collective
Wallace Halladay
Stephen Tam


-Sunday 1st of March 2020 :
16H00 Concert in Meaux, Théâtre Luxembourg
Opera Le Scarabée d’or
(“The Gold-Bug”) (French version 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
https://www.orchestre-ile.com/page/saison/30_saison-1920/concert/696_le-scarabee-dor

March 5, 2020, 8pm
Miller Theatre, NY, USA
COMPOSER PORTRAITS "Dai Fujikura"
Gliding Wings (2019) for 2 clarinets and strings 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)
https://www.millertheatre.com/events/dai-fujikura


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

13th March 2020, Tokyo, Japan (postponed)
Akiko's Diary - (Cadenza from Piano Concerto No4 "Akiko's Piano") 
performed by Martha Argerich
https://www.triphony.com/concert/detail/2019-06-003476.html

March 20th 2020, Tokyo Operacity 近江楽堂, Japan (postponed due to COVID-19)
Yuri for 25 string Koto (World Premiere)
Performed by Maya Kimura

21 march 2020, Kiel, Kulturforum
“Hop” for clarinet, cello and piano 
Performed by Trio Catch
https://www.kiel.de/de/kultur_freizeit/museum/_kalendereintrag.php?260525-905292

31 march 2020, Bilbao, Ciclo de conciertos de musica contemporanea, Fundacion BBVA
“Hop” for clarinet, cello and piano
Performed by Trio Catch
(Spanish Premiere)
https://www.fbbva.es/eventos/trio-catch/

4 april 2020, Winterthur, alter Stadthaussaal. musica aperta
“Hop” for clarinet, cello and piano
Performed by Trio Catch
(Swiss Premiere)
www.musica-aperta.ch

April 8, 2020 Salle des concerts - Philharmonie de Paris, Cité de la musique, Paris, France - CANCELLED due to COVID-19 
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
https://philharmoniedeparis.fr/fr/activite/concert-en-famille/20568-dai-fujikura-le-scarabee-dor

April 23rd 2020, 石川県立音楽堂, Kanazawa, Japan
CANCELLED due to COVID-19
Umi for orchestra
Performed by Orchestra Ensemble Kanazawa
Conducted by Yuko Tanaka

April 25th 2020, Suntory Hall, Tokyo, Japan
due to COVID-19
Umi for orchestra
Performed by Tokyo Symphony Orchestra
Conducted by Jonathan Nott

April 26th 2020, Muza Kawasaki Hall, Kanagawa, Japan
POSTPONED due to COVID-19
Umi for orchestra
Performed by Tokyo Symphony Orchestra
Conducted by Jonathan Nott

April 29th 2020, TOLI ITAMIHALL, Hyogo, Japan
Umi for orchestra
Performed by Klangrede
Conducted by Kinya Fujita

May 15th 2020, Nagoya, Japan
Shamisen Concerto (Japan Premiere of Orchestra Version)
postponed due to COVID-19
Hidejiro Honjoh (Shamisen),
Nagoya Philharmonic Orchestra,
Geoffrey Paterson (conductor)

May 16th 2020, Nagoya, Japan
Shamisen Concerto (orchestra version)
postponed due to COVID-19
Hidejiro Honjoh (Shamisen),
Nagoya Philharmonic Orchestra,
Geoffrey Paterson (conductor)

17th June 2020, Suntory Hall, Blue Rose, Tokyo, Japan,
Hop for clarinet, cello and piano (Japan Premiere)
performed by Makoto Yoshida (clarinet), Gen Yokosaka (cello) and Kotaro Fukuma (piano)

July 20th 2020, Tokyo, Japan
Shamisen Concerto (orchestra version)
Hidejiro Honjoh (Shamisen),
Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra,
Kazushi Ono (conductor)

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

September 2020 (dates to be announed soon), Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre (東京芸術劇場), Tokyo, Japan
https://salad-music-fes.com
Opera "SOLARIS" (Japan Premiere - Staged version)
music: Dai Fujikura
libretto by Saburo Teshigawara
Inszenierung: Dirk Schmeding
(Theater Augsburg production in TOKYO)

November 2020, Kyoto University of Arts, Kyoto, Japan
Glorious Clouds (2016/17)
for orchestra
Performed by 京都市立芸術大学オーケストラ
Conducted by Ken Takaseki

15th November 2020, New National Theatre, Tokyo, Japan
A Dream of Armageddon (2018 - 2019) (WORLD PREMIERE)
an opera in nine scenes (English)
Music by Dai FUJIKURA
Libretto: Harry Ross
Cast:
Cooper Hedon: Peter TANTSITS
Fortnum Roscoe/Johnson Evesham: Seth CARICO
Bella Loggia: Jessica ASZODI
The Inspector: KANOH Etsuko
The Singer/The Cynic: MOCHIZUKI Tetsuya
The Soldier - Boy Soprano
Chorus (SSAATTBB) - Commuters - Revelers - Demonstrators - Air tattoo spectators - Militia
Stage director: Lydia Steier
Set Design: Barbara EHNES
Costume Design: Ursula KUDRNA
Lighting Design: Olaf FREESE
Video: Christopher KONDEK
Dramaturg: Maurice LENHARD
Chorus: New National Theatre Chorus
Orchestra: Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra
Conductor: Kazushi Ono
https://www.nntt.jac.go.jp/english/productions/opera/a-dream-of-armageddon-2020.html

18th November 2020, New National Theatre, Tokyo, Japan
A Dream of Armageddon (2018 - 2019) 
an opera in nine scenes (English)
Music by Dai FUJIKURA
Libretto: Harry Ross
Cast:
Cooper Hedon: Peter TANTSITS
Fortnum Roscoe/Johnson Evesham: Seth CARICO
Bella Loggia: Jessica ASZODI
The Inspector: KANOH Etsuko
The Singer/The Cynic: MOCHIZUKI Tetsuya
The Soldier - Boy Soprano
Chorus (SSAATTBB) - Commuters - Revelers - Demonstrators - Air tattoo spectators - Militia
Stage director: Lydia Steier
Set Design: Barbara EHNES
Costume Design: Ursula KUDRNA
Lighting Design: Olaf FREESE
Video: Christopher KONDEK
Dramaturg: Maurice LENHARD
Chorus: New National Theatre Chorus
Orchestra: Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra
Conductor: Kazushi Ono
https://www.nntt.jac.go.jp/english/productions/opera/a-dream-of-armageddon-2020.html

November 20th 2020 アクロス福岡 シンフォニーホール、Fukuoka, Japan
Akiko’s Diary for piano
Performed by Yu Kosuge

21st November 2020, New National Theatre, Tokyo, Japan
A Dream of Armageddon (2018 - 2019)
an opera in nine scenes (English)
Music by Dai FUJIKURA
Libretto: Harry Ross
Cast:
Cooper Hedon: Peter TANTSITS
Fortnum Roscoe/Johnson Evesham: Seth CARICO
Bella Loggia: Jessica ASZODI
The Inspector: KANOH Etsuko
The Singer/The Cynic: MOCHIZUKI Tetsuya
The Soldier - Boy Soprano
Chorus (SSAATTBB) - Commuters - Revelers - Demonstrators - Air tattoo spectators - Militia
Stage director: Lydia Steier
Set Design: Barbara EHNES
Costume Design: Ursula KUDRNA
Lighting Design: Olaf FREESE
Video: Christopher KONDEK
Dramaturg: Maurice LENHARD
Chorus: New National Theatre Chorus
Orchestra: Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra
Conductor: Kazushi Ono
https://www.nntt.jac.go.jp/english/productions/opera/a-dream-of-armageddon-2020.html

23rd November 2020, New National Theatre, Tokyo, Japan
A Dream of Armageddon (2018 - 2019)
an opera in nine scenes (English)
Music by Dai FUJIKURA
Libretto: Harry Ross
Cast:
Cooper Hedon: Peter TANTSITS
Fortnum Roscoe/Johnson Evesham: Seth CARICO
Bella Loggia: Jessica ASZODI
The Inspector: KANOH Etsuko
The Singer/The Cynic: MOCHIZUKI Tetsuya
The Soldier - Boy Soprano
Chorus (SSAATTBB) - Commuters - Revelers - Demonstrators - Air tattoo spectators - Militia
Stage director: Lydia Steier
Set Design: Barbara EHNES
Costume Design: Ursula KUDRNA
Lighting Design: Olaf FREESE
Video: Christopher KONDEK
Dramaturg: Maurice LENHARD
Chorus: New National Theatre Chorus
Orchestra: Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra
Conductor: Kazushi Ono
https://www.nntt.jac.go.jp/english/productions/opera/a-dream-of-armageddon-2020.html

November 25th 2020 いずみホール、Osaka, Japan
Akiko’s Diary for piano
Performed by Yu Kosuge

November 27th 2020 Tokyo Operacity, Tokyo, Japan
Akiko’s Diary for piano
Performed by Yu Kosuge

December 16th 2020, Muza Kawasaki Hall, Kanagawa, Japan
Umi for orchestra
Performed by Tokyo Symphony Orchestra
Conducted by Keitaro Harada

Concerts in 2019 and before

WORKS

OPERA

OPERA

music for dance

music for dance

ORCHESTRA

Orchestra

ENSEMBLE

Ensemble

CHAMBER

ChamberString Quartet/Trio+soloist/voiceduoVoicesJapanese Instruments

Voices

Voices

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)

Open score works:
Longing from afar
(for tele-performance)

Open score works

Dai Fujikura's Cadenza of Beethoven Violin Concerto

Dai Fujikura's Cadenza of Beethoven Violin Concerto
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SHOP

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discography

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Movies

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Photos

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Interviews/texts

Dai's past interviews:
Full list of interviews
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Academic Texts about Dai's Music / 論文

(Here is a selection scholarly articles written by musicians, musicologists and music students about Dai's music. These are views of the writers, not necessarily Dai’s. Nevertheless they provide an interesting academic insight into Dai's compositions.)
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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:
G Ricordi & Co (Berlin) Ltd.
Please contact RICORDI Berlin's sheet music: umpg.classical@umusic.com
G Ricordi & Co (London) Ltd.
Please contact RICORDI London's sheet music: hire.ricordi.london@umusic.com
RICORDI's Agents and Distributors:
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