Born in Osaka, Dai Fujikura has now spent more than 20 years in the UK – where he studied composition with Edwin Roxburgh, Daryl Runswick and George Benjamin. During the past decade he has been the recipient of numerous prizes, including the Huddersfield Festival Young Composers Award, Royal Philharmonic Society Award, Internationaler Wiener Composition Prize, Paul Hindemith Prize in Austria and Germany respectively, and both the OTAKA and Akutagawa awards in 2009.
A quick glance at his list of commissions and performances reveals that Fujikura is fast becoming a truly international composer. His music is not only performed in the country of his birth or his adopted home, but is now performed in Caracas, Oslo, Venice, Schleswig-Holstein, Lucerne and Paris.
The French music world has taken Fujikura to its hearts with numerous commissions, culminating in his first opera – an artistic collaboration with Saburo Teshigawara, which will be co-produced by Theatre des Champs Elysées, Lausanne and Lille. He premiered ‘Tocar y Luchar’ at the Ultraschall Festival in Berlin, the world premiere of which was given in Venezuela by Gustavo Dudamel and the Simón Bolívar Youth Orchestra. Fujikura’s next German commission is ‘Grasping’ for the Munich Chamber Orchestra, which will be premiered in Korea before being brought back to Munich. Switzerland has featured his music at the Lucerne Festival, Austria at the Klangspuren Festival and Norway at the Punkt Festival.
Fujikura’s compositions are increasingly the product of international co-commissions; he has worked with Pierre Boulez, Peter Eötvös, Jonathan Nott, Gustavo Dudamel, the newly-appointed conductor of the Suisse Romande, Kazuki Yamada and Alexander Liebreich.
In his native Japan, Fujikura has been accorded the special honour of an upcoming portrait concert in Suntory Hall in October 2012. In London where he chooses to live with his wife and family, he has now received two BBC Proms commissions; his Double Bass Concerto was recently premiered by the London Sinfonietta. In 2013, the BBC Symphony Orchestra will give the UK premiere of ‘Atom’ as part of the Total Immersion: Sounds from Japan.Listen to the piece composed by Dai Fujikura