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Mao Fujita

Piano
Tchaikovsky Competition 2019, Silver Medalist

  • With an innate musical sensitivity and naturalness to his artistry, 25-year old pianist Mao Fujita has already impressed many leading musicians as one of those special talents which come along only rarely, equally at home in Mozart as the major romantic repertoire, with the New York Times writing, "As soon as his fingers touched the keys, waves of airy filigree, beautifully shaped and accomplished, emerged in almost continuous streams” on the occasion of his US debut at Carnegie Hall in January 2023.


    Born in Tokyo, Fujita was still studying at the Tokyo College of Music in 2017 when he took First Prize at the prestigious Concours International de Piano Clara Haskil in Switzerland, along with the Audience Award, Prix Modern Times, and the Prix Coup de Coeur, which first brought him to the attention of the international music community. He was also the Silver Medalist at the 2019 Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow, where his special musical qualities received exceptional attention from a jury of leading musicians.

  • Mit seiner angeborenen musikalischen Sensibilität und Natürlichkeit hat der 25-jährige Pianist Mao Fujita innerhalb kürzester Zeit international Aufsehen erregt. Anlässlich seines US-Debüts in der Carnegie Hall schrieb die New York Times im Januar 2023: "Sobald seine Finger die Tasten berührten, tauchten Wellen von luftigem Filigran, schön geformt und vollendet, in fast ununterbrochenen Strömen auf.”


    Der in Tokio geborene Mao Fujita studierte noch am Tokyo College of Music, als er 2017 beim renommierten Concours International de Piano Clara Haskil in der Schweiz den Ersten Preis sowie den Publikumspreis, den Prix Modern Times und den Prix Coup de Coeur gewann, was ihn erstmals ins Blickfeld der internationalen Musikwelt brachte. Er war zudem Gewinner der Silbermedaille beim Tschaikowsky-Wettbewerb 2019 in Moskau, wo sein besonderes Klavierspiel von der Jury aus führenden Musikern besonders gewürdigt wurde.

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  • Highlights in the 2023/24 season include tours with the Gewandhaus Orchestra (Andris Nelsons), the Czech Philharmonic (Semyon Bychkov), and the Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte Carlo (Kazuki Yamada), concerts with the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Vienna Symphony Orchestra and Frankfurt Radio Symphony, as well as recitals at the Elbphilharmonie, among others. Fujita has performed at the Elbphilharmonie, Heidelberger Frühling, KlavierFestival Ruhr, and on tour in Japan and China.


    Fujita has debuted with conductors including Riccardo Chailly, Marek Janowski, Andris Nelsons, Lahav Shani, Christoph Eschenbach, Vasily Petrenko, and Ryan Bancroft, with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Lucerne Festival Orchestra, Gewandhausorchester, Münchner Philharmoniker, Konzerthausorchester Berlin, DSO Berlin, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Filarmonica della Scala, Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale della RAI, Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, Cleveland Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra and Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra. He appears regularly in solo and chamber music recitals at major piano festivals and halls in Europe and Asia, performing with Renaud Capuçon, Antoine Tamestit, Kian Soltani, Zlatomir Fung, Marc Bouchkov, and Makoto Ozone, among others.


    Fujita is an exclusive Sony Classical International artist. In October 2022, his eagerly-anticipated debut album on the Sony Classical label, a studio recording of Mozart’s complete piano sonatas, was released to unanimous acclaim for its transparent sound worlds and vividly-detailed interpretation. He has performed the full sonata cycle at the Verbier Festival, the Wigmore Hall, and across Japan’s major concert halls.


    Starting piano lessons at the age of three, Fujita won his first international prize in 2010 at the World Classic in Taiwan, and became a laureate of numerous national and international competitions such as the Rosario Marciano International Piano Competition in Vienna (2013), Zhuhai International Mozart Competition for Young Musicians (2015), and the Gina Bachauer International Young Artists Piano Competition (2016).


    Fujita moved to Berlin in 2022 for further studies with Kirill Gerstein.

    2023/24 season / 472 words. Not to be altered without permission.
  • Zu den Höhepunkten der Saison 2023/24 zählen Tourneen mit dem Gewandhausorchester (Andris Nelsons), der Tschechischen Philharmonie (Semyon Bychkov) und dem Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte Carlo (Kazuki Yamada), Konzerte mit dem Symphonierorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Wiener Symphoniker und hr-Sinfonieorchester sowie Rezitals u.a. in der Elbphilharmonie, Heidelberger Frühling, KlavierFestival Ruhr und auf Tourneen in Japan und China.


    Mao Fujita debütierte mit Dirigenten wie Riccardo Chailly, Marek Janowski, Andris Nelsons, Lahav Shani, Christoph Eschenbach, Vasily Petrenko oder Ryan Bancroft beim Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Lucerne Festival Orchestra, Gewandhausorchester, Münchner Philharmoniker, Konzerthausorchester Berlin, DSO Berlin, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Filarmonica della Scala, Orchestra sinfonica nazionale della RAI, Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, Cleveland Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra und Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra. Rezitals und Kammermusik führen ihn regelmäßig zu den wichtigen Klavierfestivals und Sälen in Europa und Asien, u.a. mit Renaud Capuçon, Antoine Tamestit, Kian Soltani, Zlatomir Fung, Marc Bouchkov und Makoto Ozone.


    Er ist Exklusivkünstler bei Sony Classical International und legte im Oktober 2022 mit einer Gesamteinspielung sämtlicher Mozartsonaten sein Debütalbum vor, das einhellig für seine durchsichtigen Klangwelten und lebendig-detaillierte Interpretation gefeiert wurde. Den gesamten Zyklus spielte er beim Verbier Festival, in der Wigmore Hall und in den großen Konzertsälen Japans.


    Fujita, der im Alter von drei Jahren mit dem Klavierunterricht begann, gewann 2010 seinen ersten internationalen Preis bei der World Classic in Taiwan und wurde Preisträger zahlreicher nationaler und internationaler Wettbewerbe wie dem Rosario Marciano International Piano Competition in Wien (2013), Zhuhai International Mozart Competition for Young Musicians (2015) und dem Gina Bachauer International Young Artists Piano Competition (2016).


    Er zog 2022 nach Berlin, um bei Kirill Gerstein weiter zu studieren.

    Saison 2023/24 / 405 Wörter. Darf ohne Genehmigung nicht verändert werden.

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"When his fingers touched the keys, ... waves of airy filigree, beautifully formed and finished, emerged in almost uninterrupted streams for his two-hour solo recital."

New York Times, January 2023

"The first thing that strikes is his affection for this music, which shines out of every bar: the care with which he approaches every sonata, whether mature or early, is consistently impressive. Fujita’s sound world is very much at one with Mozart’s – with a translucence of tone that brings the music sparklingly to life."

Gramophone, December 2022

"Fujita is a musician of tremendous versatility and taste, with a poetic sense of pulse and eloquent, insightful, fearless articulation" 

The Times, October 2019

Intermusica represents Mao Fujita Worldwide (excluding Japan)

Stephen Lumsden
Chief Executive
+44 20 7608 9900

Aimee Chow
Director, Berlin
+44 20 7608 9949
achow@intermusica.com

Dennis Gerlach
Senior Artist Manager, Munich
+44 20 7608 9919
dgerlach@intermusica.com

Katalin Oldland
Assistant Artist Manager
+44 20 7608 9928
koldland@intermusica.com

All artists

Chansonnier

HK Gruber

Counter-tenor

Tim Mead

Harpsichord

Richard Egarr

Piano accompanist

Roger Vignoles

Saxophone

Jess Gillam

Contralto

Avery Amereau