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Dr Kenji Fujimura is an internationally-acclaimed pianist and chamber musician. His CDs include William Hurlstone Complete Piano Music (Toccata Classics), Romantic 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. 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 amongst others. He pursues an active schedule as a pianist, and continues his research into and advocacy of ‘forgotten’ music. Upcoming recordings include solo piano music by Theodore Dubois, Ernest Guiraud, Leo Livens and others, as well as chamber music of Arthur Benjamin and the piano trios of Carl Gottlieb Reissiger. A second disc with Trio Anima Mundi – English Piano Trios – will be released in January 2020.
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).
A highly respected pedagogue, Kenji’s tertiary-teaching career began while he was still an undergraduate. Kenji was Deputy/Acting Head of School, Coordinator of Classical Performance, and Associate Professor of Piano at the Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music, Monash University, for almost twenty years, departing in December 2018 to take up the position of Deputy and Artistic Director at the International Academy of Musical Arts (www.iamuica.org), as well as join the piano and chamber music staff of the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music. In addition to this, he is also an examiner for the Australian Music Examinations Board, and co-founder of chamber ensemble Trio Anima Mundi. Kenji also maintains a very selective 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).
Kenji completed his four-year Bachelor of Music (Honours) degree in just two years at The University of Melbourne, and subsequently completed postgraduate 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