KENJI FUJIMURA

Biography

'delicate piano writing, brilliantly executed by the pianist Kenji Fujimura' (Gramophone)

Dr Kenji Fujimura is an internationally-acclaimed pianist, chamber musician and researcher. He is well known for his championing of both new music and music which has been unduly neglected. This is reflected in his diverse and eclectic repertoire of both solo piano and chamber music. Recent CDs include: Trio Anima Mundi – Romantic Piano Trios (2013 Musicweb International Recording of the Year), English Piano Trios (2020 Musicweb Recording of the Month, January), 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 publications include recordings of the solo piano music by Theodore Dubois, Ernest Guiraud, Leo Livens and others, piano trios by Algernon Ashton (Toccata Classics), the complete 27 piano trios of Carl Gottlieb Reissiger (Toccata Classic), and chamber music by Arthur Benjamin. As an author Kenji will be contributing to the volume Debussy in Context for Cambridge University Press in 2020. Find out more HERE

Kenji is also a multi-award-winning composer.  Self-taught, he explored and researched an extensive range of compositional styles and idioms from traditional Western music notation to visual and graphic scores, aleatoric music to world music styles. His current musical language reflects upon history and tradition. His works have been performed throughout USA, Romania, Australia, New Zealand, Indonesia, Thailand, Singapore, and Malaysia. Recent prizes include the Singapore Asian Composers Festival award, William Lincer Foundation Award (New York), and the VirtualArtists International Composition Award (USA). His compositions were also shortlisted for the 2019 Reno Pops Orchestra Composition Prize (USA) and a finalist for the 3rd Cum Laude International Music Composition Prize (Spain). New commissions for 2021 include works for solo piano, cello/piano duo, and piano trio, including a new work supported by the City of Melbourne. Find out more HERE

A native of Japan now resident in Australia, Kenji's formative music studies were undertaken in both countries. Kenji completed his four-year Bachelor of Music degree with Honours in two years at The University of Melbourne, and subsequently pursued postgraduate studies in Melbourne and London, winning prizes and accolades as pianist, fortepianist, and chamber musician.

A highly respected pedagogue, Kenji’s tertiary-teaching career began while he was still an undergraduate. He was on staff at the Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music, Monash University, for nearly two decades, serving various roles including Deputy/Acting Head of School, Coordinator of Classical Performance, Postgraduate Studies, and Associate Professor of Keyboard, before accepting to become Deputy and Artistic Director for the International Academy of Musical Arts (IAMUSICA) in December 2018. He was appointed Director of IAMUSICA and the Sapiente Group in June 2020.

In addition to his role at IAMUSICA, Kenji is Founding Member of Trio Anima Mundi, Patron of the Association of Eisteddfod Societies of Australia, an examiner for the Australian Music Examinations Board, and teaches piano and chamber music at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music (The University of Melbourne) and Victorian College of the Arts Secondary School. In 2015 he was elected an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music, London, for his ‘significant contribution to the music profession’.

Teaching/Consulting/Adjudicating

Kenji is an experienced pedagogue with over twenty-five years of teaching at the tertiary level. He has also supervised many performance research dissertations at the Master's and Doctoral level, including candidates on piano, violin, viola, cello, double bass, clarinet, percussion, french horn etc. Based in Melbourne, Australia, he is regularly invited to be on the teaching staff of a number of institutions; these currently include the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music (The University of Melbourne) and the Victorian College of the Arts Secondary School. Kenji also maintains a very limited private piano studio. He also offers a limited number of online piano consultations globally.

Kenji's students have had tremendous success in examinations (AMEB, ABRSM, Trinity), radio broadcasts (3MBS-FM), VCE/HSC studies (including receiving perfect scores) and at many eisteddfods and competitions in Australia and abroad. 

Kenji continues to have an active schedule as an adjudicator of competitions in Australia and abroad, and as a consultant and advisor. He is frequently invited to give many workshops and masterclasses every year.

Find out more about Kenji's teaching HERE. To enquire about teaching, consulting, performing, adjudicating, please send a message via the contact page. 

NB - Admission into Kenji’s private piano studio is via audition.

Chamber Music Collaborations

Kenji is an experienced chamber musician, frequently invited to perform with many artists. In addition to his creation of and ongoing involvement with international award-winning Trio Anima Mundi, Kenji has had a number of notable long-term collaborations. 

Kenji and Elizabeth Sellars - violinist, Sutherland Trio, Head of Strings, IAMUSICA - made a significant splash with their Mozart and More series in 2006, performing all of Mozart's works for piano and violin as well as premiering many works. Since that time their collaboration has produced two CDs: Messiaen Nexus (Limelight Magazine Chamber Music Recording of the Year 2014) and the Complete Works for piano and violin of George Frederick Pinto. They continue their partnership in 2021 with an exploration of the music of Arthur and George Benjamin.

Kenji and Miranda Brockman - permanent cellist, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra (MSO) - have enjoyed a decades-long association, first as university students in the prize-winning Lyric Trio, then as Founding Members of Trio Anima Mundi. Since that time they have continued their chamber music relationship through duo recitals and MSO Chamber Music Series performances. In 2021 they will be exploring the 'Forgotten Romantics', featuring the beautiful cello sonatas of Erno Dohnanyi and Dora Pejacevic.

LINKS:

Trio Anima Mundi - Founding Member

International Academy of Musical Arts - Director

Association of Eisteddfod Societies of Australia - Patron

Download a 2-page CV of Kenji Fujimura here.