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Mao Fujita

piano
Biography

With an innate musical sensitivity and naturalness to his artistry, 24-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.
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.

Fujita has been invited to appear in recital at major international festivals including the Klavier-Festival Ruhr, Tsinandali and Riga-Jurmala festivals, among others, and he makes his highly-anticipated US recital debut at Carnegie Hall in January 2023. Recent and upcoming orchestral highlights include performances with the Gewandhausorchester, Munich Philharmonic, Royal Philharmonic, Royal Concertgebouw, Philharmonique de Radio France, Konzerthaus Berlin, Yomiuri Nippon Symphony, Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony, Israel Philharmonic, RAI, Filarmonica della Scala, and Lucerne Festival orchestras, while his many conductor relationships include Vasily Petrenko, Christoph Eschenbach, Riccardo Chailly, and Andris Nelsons.
In November 2021, Fujita signed an exclusive multi-album deal with Sony Classical International. The new partnership sees him explore many facets of repertoire across several releases, starting with an eagerly-anticipated studio recording of Mozart’s complete piano sonatas, which is due for release in October 2022, following an acclaimed series of performances of the complete sonatas at the Verbier Festival in 2021. Fujita has been invited to perform the same set of works, interspersed with sets of Variations, over five concerts for his debut at London’s Wigmore Hall at the end of the 22/23 season.
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). Mao Fujita is moving to Berlin for further studies with Kirill Gerstein.


Programme
28 July 2024 19:30
chamber music
LEONIDAS KAVAKOS / MAO FUJITA
02 August 2024 18:30
piano recital
MAO FUJITA
04 August 2024 18:30
symphonic concert
VFO / DUTOIT / FUJITA

Streaming
27 July 2000 martha argerich in verbier
verbier festival gold
Verbier Festival Gold: Martha Argerich in Verbier
31 July 2008 QUATUOR & SEXTUOR
Concerts
Mozart's Piano Quartet No. 2 & Ernst von Dohnányi's Sextet
16 July 2010 HARDING & DUTOIT
Concerts
Harding & Dutoit conduct Prokofiev, Britten & Stravinsky
17 July 2010 ARGERICH, PRESSLER, LUGANSKY, CAPUÇON & HARDING
Concerts
Argerich, Pressler, Lugansky, Capuçon, Harding play Chostakovitch, Prokofiev & Mozart
23 July 2010 VON OTTER, MINKOVSKI
Concerts
von Otter & Minkowski perform Canteloube & Mozart
29 July 2010 DANIEL HARDING
Concerts
Daniel Harding conducts Schumann & Brahms
27 July 2011 WANG, TEMIRKANOV
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Wang & Temirkanov perform Rachmaninov's Piano Concerto No. 2
03 August 2014 Mikhail Pletnev - Concerti & Encores
verbier festival gold
Verbier Festival Gold: Mikhail Pletnev - Concerti & Encores
17 July 2016 TILSON THOMAS, STUTZMANN
Concerts
Michael Tilson Thomas conducts Mahler's Symphony No. 3 – with Nathalie Stutzmann
24 July 2017
verbier festival gold
GUSTAV MAHLER Verbier Festival Orchestra · Daniel Harding
17 July 2019 LUISI, SCHULTZ & GUBANOVA
Concerts
Fabio Luisi conducts Mahler – with Golda Schultz & Ekaterina Gubanova
09 July 2020 WEILERSTEIN & SIGEL
Ideas
Beethoven: The Interpreters Ep. 4
22 December 2020 Season's Greetings
Snapshots
Season's Greetings / Engstroem, Fujita
23 March 2021 IDAGIO Playlist
Playlists
Feature Playlist: Soloists with the Verbier Festival Chamber Orchestra 2021
17 July 2021 Takács-Nagy, Špaček, Fujita
Concerts
Takács-Nagy conducts Mozart and Beethoven — with Špaček and Fujita
19 July 2021 Mozart / Mao Fujita I
Concerts
Mao Fujita performs the complete cycle of Mozart's Piano Sonatas I
19 July 2021 Mozart / Mao Fujita II
Concerts
Mao Fujita performs the complete cycle of Mozart's Piano Sonatas II
23 July 2021 Mozart / Mao Fujita III
Concerts
Mao Fujita performs the complete cycle of Mozart's Piano Sonatas III
26 July 2021 Rencontres Inédites IV
Concerts
Rencontres Inédites IV / Jansen – Sitkovetsky – Power – Maisky – Soltani – Lugansky – Shani
28 July 2021 Mozart / Mao Fujita IV
Concerts
Mao Fujita performs the complete cycle of Mozart's Piano Sonatas IV
28 July 2021 Rencontres Inédites V
Concerts
Rencontres Inédites V / M. Barenboim – Bell – Power – Kanneh-Mason – Shani
29 July 2021 VFCO / Harding / Bell / Isserlis
Concerts
Daniel Harding conducts Brahms and Beethoven — with Joshua Bell and Steven Isserlis
30 July 2021 Mozart / Mao Fujita V
Concerts
Mao Fujita performs the complete cycle of Mozart's Piano Sonatas V
28 September 2021 Verbier Festival 2021 — RENCONTRES INÉDITES IV
Concerts
IDAGIO: Verbier Festival 2021 — RENCONTRES INÉDITES IV