Dai Fujikura

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Biography

Dai Fujikura, born in 1977 in Osaka, is a Japanese composer who moved to the UK at the age of 15. There, he studied at King’s College London under George Benjamin and at the Royal College of Music under Edwin Roxburgh. Fujikura’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 since gained a worldwide reputation. In 2017, Fujikura received the Silver Lion Award from the Venice Biennale. In the same year, he was named artistic director of the Tokyo Metropolitan Theater’s Born Creative festival. In 2019, his Shamisen Concerto was premiered at the Mostly Mozart festival at New York Lincoln Center and since performed by various orchestras. 2020 saw the premiere of his fourth piano concerto Akiko’s Piano, dedicated to Hiroshima Symphony's Peace and Music Ambassador Martha Argerich, and performed as part of their Music for Peace project. His third opera A Dream of Armageddon was premiered in New National Theatre Tokyo in the same year. The recipient of many composition prizes, Dai Fujikura 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 the Nagoya Philharmonic Orchestra since 2014 and held the same post at the Orchestre national d'Île-de-France in 2017/18. His works are recorded by and released mainly on his own label Minabel Records in collaboration with SONY Music. His compositions are published by Ricordi Berlin.

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