Mao Fujita

Piano

Biography

Born in Tokyo in 1998, Mao’s first international acclaim was at age 18, just two years ago when he won the 27th Concours International De Piano Clara Haskil in Switzerland, also winning three special awards the “Audience Award,” the “Prix Modern Times,” and the “Prix Coup de Coeur”.
In June, 2019, Mao fascinated Moscow, winning the second prize at the 16th International Tchaikovsky Competition. He was welcomed by ovation at each round and was watched on internet from all around the globe. He appeared to perform the 3rd movement of Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No.1 with Valery Gergiev at the final Gala in St. Petersburg where a special recognition was made by Maestro Gergiev that Mao was ”the surprising new discovery” of the pianists.
He made a worthy London debut, performing Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto with Maestro Gergiev and Mariinsky Orchestra in October 2019. He also performed the same work at his debut in Seoul and fascinated many. This season he is invited to perform in Germany, Moscow, Latvia and Switzerland among many others.
His recent highlight performances include the Andre Jolivet Piano Concerto with Mo. Kazuyoshi Akiyama & Tokyo Symphony Orchestra in 2019, Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No. 3 with Mo.Kachun Wong & Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra in 2019, and Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No.1 with Mo. Oleg Caetani & Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra in 2018. He was invited to perform at festivals such as Klavier-Festival Ruhr and Verbier Festival as Academy Musician and to perform at the “New Generatioin Series” at Louis Vuitton Foundation in 2018.
Mao’s Concerto repertoire includes but not limited to works such as Bach, Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninov, Schumann among many others. Recital. He also has a wide variety of recital repertoire; from Bach, Scarlatti to Stravinsky and Rigetti
Mao has also won other numerous awards inside and outside Japan such as 1st Prize in the Junior Section of “The World Classic” in Taiwan in 2010, 1st Prize in the Elementary School Division of the National Competition of the Student Music Concours of Japan, . 1st Prize at the International Rosario Marciano Piano Competition in Austria in 2013, 1st Prize at the Zhuhai International Mozart Competition for Young Musicians in 2015, 1st Prize at the Hamamatsu International Piano Academy Competition, and 3rd Prize at the Gina Bachauer International Young Artists Piano Competition in the United States in 2016.
Recordings are released from Naxos.
Reviews from the Tchaikovsky Competition:
”I was amazed at Mao Fujita: from his performance in the first round, where he played Mozart, I couldn’t recover myself for a long time. Some joy came over me, I was very impressed and discussed his performance in the courtyard of the Moscow Conservatory (this is already a tradition - to discuss the competition with the public)..."
Denis Matsuev, Piano Jury Chair of XVI Tchaikovsky Competition RGRU, Russia
 
“His performance in the first round caused a flurry of enthusiasm and an ovation of the hall, and after the second round they confidently spoke about him as an unconditional favorite of the public ...”
RGRU, Russia
"This is an absolute meta-hero for the Tchaikovsky Competition, such a performer is a bright, necessarily foreign, to whom the public somehow so favors. His name was Van Cliburn there, then his name was Frederick Kempf, in 2015 his name was Debarg, now his name is Mao Fujita"
Boris Lifanovsky, (Creator of the classicalmusicnews.ru), Russia
Watch the replays from the XVI International Tchaikovsky Competition: https://tch16.medici.tv/en/replay/#filter?instrument=piano,candidate=244
Reviews from London debut:
“Fujita is a musician of tremendous versatility and taste, with a poetic sense of pulse and eloquent, insightful, fearless articulation. What made the concerto sing, however, was the intense collaboration between soloist, conductor and orchestra, and the subtle dissolve between each gesture.” 9th October, 2019 THE TIMES (Anna Picard)
“Fujita, fresh-faced with a beaming smile, lavished plenty of poetry on Tchaikovsky?s First Piano Concerto, teasing out paragraphs with great tenderness, fingers rippling across the keyboard as if stroking a kitten. The piano duly purred. There was impish humour too and nimble articulation in a pacy account of the finale, although his thunderous gallop into the coda felt too volatile. 9th October, 2019 Bachtrack (Mark Pullinger)

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2019年11月14日(木) 19:00開演
PRIZE WINNER CONCERT/TCHAIKOVSKY COMPETITⅠ
【サンクト】マリインスキー劇場
問合せ先:Mariinsky Theatre
2019年11月22日(金) 19:00開演
ドイツ公演 MAO FUJITA PIANO RECITAL
【OLPE】OLPE/KREISHAUS
問合せ先:KUNSTVEREIN SUDSAUERLAND
2019年11月30日(土) 15:00開演
藤田真央ピアノ・リサイタル
【入善町】入善コスモホール
問合せ先:入善コスモホール
2019年12月18日(水) 14:00開演
群馬交響楽団高校音楽教室
【前橋市】ベイシア文化ホール(群馬県民会館)
問合せ先:群馬交響楽団
2019年12月19日(木) 14:00開演
群馬交響楽団高校音楽教室
【前橋市】ベイシア文化ホール(群馬県民会館)
問合せ先:群馬交響楽団
2019年12月31日(火) 21:00開演
東急ジルベスター・コンサート
【東京都】Bunkamuraオーチャードホール
問合せ先:Bunkamura
2020年1月3日(金) 17:00開演
ナゴヤニューイヤーコンサート
【名古屋市】愛知県芸術劇場コンサートホール
問合せ先:NHKプラネット中部
2020年1月19日(日) 15:00開演
ニューイヤーコンサート2020
【川口市】川口総合文化センター
問合せ先:リリアチケットセンター
2020年2月9日(日) 14:00開演
藤田真央ピアノ・リサイタル
【山形市】山形テルサホール
問合せ先:山形テルサ
2020年2月15日(土) 15:00開演
第69回中部フィル定期演奏会≪KOMAKIシリーズ2≫
【小牧市】小牧市市民会館
問合せ先:中部フィルハーモニー交響楽団 / TEL.0568-43-4333
2020年2月22日(土) 14:00開演
若手応援コンサート 未来のヴィルトゥオーゾを紹介します!
【横浜市】横浜市神奈川区民文化センター
2020年3月6日(金) 19:00開演
MAO TRIO
【東京都】サントリーホール(大)
問合せ先:未来音楽企画
2020年3月8日(日) 14:00開演
群馬県民音楽のひろば
【渋川市】渋川市民会館
問合せ先:群馬交響楽団
2020年3月15日(日) 14:00開演
オーケストラ・ディスカバリー2019「オーケストラへようこそ」第4回
【京都市】京都コンサートホール 大ホール
問合せ先:京都市交響楽団
2020年3月18日(水) 13:30開演
日本フィル&サントリーホール とっておきアフタヌーンVOL.12
【東京都】サントリーホール(大)
問合せ先:日本フィル・サービスセンター / TEL.03-5378-5911
2020年3月29日(日) 14:00開演
千葉県少年少女オーケストラ 第24回定期演奏会
【千葉市】千葉県文化会館
問合せ先:千葉県文化振興財団
2020年4月3日(金) 19:00開演
東京都交響楽団第900回定期公演Bシリーズ
【東京都】サントリーホール(大)
問合せ先:都響ガイド