Kenji FUJIMURA - piano
Dr Kenji Fujimura is an internationally-acclaimed pianist and chamber musician. Recent CDs include: Romantic Piano Trios with Trio Anima Mundi (2013 Musicweb International Recording of the Year), Complete Violin Sonatas of George Frederick Pinto, and The Messiaen Nexus (2014 Limelight Chamber Music Recording of the Year) with violinist Elizabeth Sellars; William Hurlstone Complete Piano Music (Musicweb International Recording of the Month, May 2015; Fanfare USA Colin Clarke’s 2015 ‘Top 5 Want List’). Upcoming recordings include solo piano music by Theodore Dubois, Ernest Guiraud, Leo Livens and others, and a disc of British piano sonatas.
Kenji is also a multi-award-winning composer. His compositions have been performed throughout USA, Romania, Australia, Indonesia, Thailand, Singapore, and Malaysia. Recent prizes include the Singapore Asian Composers Festival Award, William Lincer Foundation Award in New York, and the VirtualArtists International Composition Award. New commissions for 2021 include premieres for new works for solo piano, cello/bassoon/piano, and piano trio, supported by a City of Melbourne grant. His music is distributed globally by Universal Edition (Vienna).
A highly respected pedagogue, Kenji’s tertiary-teaching career spans over twenty-five years, beginning whilst he was still an undergraduate student. His university positions have included being Deputy/Acting Head of School, Coordinator of Classical Performance, Postgraduate Studies, and Associate Professor of Piano at the Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music, Monash University. He is currently Executive Director of the International Academy of Musical Arts and Sapiente Group, Patron of the Association of Eisteddfod Societies of Australia, an examiner for the Australian Music Examinations Board, and on the piano/chamber music staff at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music. Kenji also maintains a very exclusive private piano studio based in Melbourne, Australia.
Kenji is regularly invited to give masterclasses and adjudicate competitions throughout Europe, North America, Asia and Australasia. Kenji completed his four-year Bachelor of Music (Honours) degree in just two years at The University of Melbourne, and subsequently pursued Master's and Doctoral studies in Melbourne and London, winning prizes and accolades as pianist, fortepianist, and chamber musician.
In 2015, Kenji was elected an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music, London, for his ‘significant contribution to the music profession’. www.kenjimusic.com