Episode 3 Guest Mentor: pianist Dr Kenji Fujimura

Pianist Dr Kenji Fujimura
Pianist Dr Kenji Fujimura. Photo credit: Cameron Jamieson

Our regular mentor, pianist Julia Hastings is away this week, so we have two fantastic guest mentors this week!

Our first guest mentor is pianist Dr Kenji Fujumura, who was our regular mentor on The Talent last year.

Dr Kenji Fujimura is an internationally-acclaimed pianist and chamber musician. Renowned for his ability to present an eclectic range of repertoire with ‘understanding, sympathy and technical prowess’ (Musicweb International, awards for his recordings include the Musicweb International Recording of the Year, Fanfare USA Colin Clarke’s 2015 ‘Top 5 Want List’, Limelight Chamber Music Recording of the Year et alia. His CDs include William Hurlstone Complete Piano Music (Toccata Classics), Romantic Piano Trios (Divine Art) and English Piano Trios (Divine Art) with Trio Anima Mundi, as well as The Messiaen Nexus (Move), and the Complete Violin Sonatas of George Frederick Pinto (Toccata Classics) with violinist Elizabeth Sellars.

Kenji is also a multi-award-winning composer. Self-taught, his compositions were first performed publicly whilst a school student. Since then his works have been performed throughout Australasia, USA, Romania, Indonesia, Thailand, Singapore, and Malaysia. Awards for his compositions include the Singapore Asian Composers Festival Award, William Lincer Foundation Award (New York), and the VirtualArtists International Composition Award (USA). In 2019 he was a finalist in the 2nd Cum Laude International Composition Competition (Spain). His music is distributed by Universal Edition (Wien).

A highly respected pedagogue, Kenji’s tertiary-teaching career began while he was still an undergraduate. Formerly Acting Head and Associate Professor of the Monash University School of Music, Kenji is now Executive Director of the International Academy of Musical Arts (www.iamusica.org), on the piano and chamber music staff at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music and an examiner for the Australian Music Examinations Board. In addition, Kenji is Founding Member of chamber ensemble Trio Anima Mundi and maintains a very exclusive private piano studio.

A passionate advocate for music education, Kenji is regularly invited to give masterclasses and adjudicate competitions throughout Europe, North America, Asia and Australasia. He is Patron of the Association of Eisteddfod Societies of Australia (www.eisteddfod.org.au).

He pursues an active schedule as a pianist, and continues his research into and advocacy of ‘forgotten’ music. Engagements for 2021-2022 include the commencement of the multi-year The Reissiger Project recordings with Trio Anima Mundi, numerous performance collaborations, the premiere of three new composition commissions, and jury duties for competitions such as the Melbourne International Piano and Strings Festival Competition and Sparta International Student Film Festival Competition (USA).

Kenji completed his four-year Bachelor of Music (Honours) degree in just two years at The University of Melbourne, and subsequently completed Master’s and doctoral studies as a scholarship student in Melbourne and London, winning numerous 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’.

Find out more: www.kenjimusic.com

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