What have you composed for? Or what medium do you work around?
Orchestra, Small Ensemble, Songs, Other
What is your favorite genre or style of music?
Is music your main income source?
Where do you live?
About Me (Must include biographical information about you as a composer):
Associate Professor Kenji Fujimura is the recipient of numerous major prizes and awards as pianist and composer, including the Australian National Piano Award and the William Lincer Foundation International Composition Award (New York). Concert, masterclass, composition and adjudication engagements have taken Kenji throughout Europe, North America, Asia and Australasia and he is regularly broadcast internationally. Kenji has been described as ‘a grand artist with a magical sound, an accomplished technique and a superb understanding of all musical styles. He adds to this a vision of deep profundity’.
An avid supporter of both contemporary and lesser-known music, recent CD releases include 'The Messiaen Nexus', which contains the premiere recording of the Violin Sonata of George Benjamin (with violinist Elizabeth Sellars) as well as works by Messiaen, Kurtag and Dukas (Move Records). This disc was awarded the 2014 Limelight Recording of the Year - Chamber Music. As founding member of Trio Anima Mundi, Kenji released a double-disc set of piano trios by Hurlstone, d'Ollone, Wiren and Hyde (Romantic Piano Trios) which was selected as a 2013 Musicweb International Recording of the Year. His latest ecording - complete piano music of William Hurlstone - was released by Toccata Classics (UK) in May 2015 and immiediately became a Musicweb International Recording of the Month. The disc was also selected as a 2015 'Top 5 Want List' by Fanfare USA's Colin Clarke. A recording of the Complete sonatas for piano and violin (with Elizabeth Sellars) of George Frederick Pinto was released in December 2016.
Kenji completed the four-year BMus (Hons) degree in two years at The University of Melbourne, and also received a MMus as a full scholarship holder. His performance recitals achieved the highest marks ever awarded in the history of the institution. During his Master’s, he was also a student at the Royal Academy of Music, London, where he received many awards and prizes and was active as a pianist, fortepianist and chamber musician. Kenji was awarded a full PhD scholarship to examine the music of William Hurlstone.
Kenji is also a highly respected pedagogue; his teaching career at the tertiary level began while he himself was an undergraduate. Born in Japan, he is currently based in Melbourne, Australia, and is Deputy Head of School, Coordinator of Classical Performance and Chamber Music, and Associate Professor in Piano/Keyboard at the Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music, Monash University. Kenji is also an examiner for the Australian Music Examinations Board and is frequently invited as an adjudicator for competitions throughout Australia and abroad. Kenji is also the Honorary Artistic Advisor for the International Academy of Musical Arts. In 2015 he was elected an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music, London, for his 'significant contribution to the music profession'.