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.

NEWS

2020

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

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

2020
"Akiko's Piano" - 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)

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

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 

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, 2:30pm, 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

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

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

July 5th 2019, Nagoya, Japan
Glorious Clouds for Orchestra (Japan Premiere)
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

2019 
tact 60 for orchestra (World Premiere)

2019, Japan 
Ryu (竜) for koto (World Premiere)
perfomred by Leo Konno

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

August 2019
Shamisen Concerto (ensemble version) (World Premiere)
perfomred by Hidejiro Honjoh (shamisen)

Summer 2019
New Work for Sho and electronics (World Premiere)
perfomred by Tamami Tono

September 2019, Norway
Shamisen Concerto (orchestra version) (World Premiere)
perfomred by Hidejiro Honjoh (shamisen)


Concerts in 2018 and before

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Solo WORKS

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discography

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Interviews

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Minabel Records

Dai's record label:
Minabel Records
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Contacts

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

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