Deputy Head of School, Coordinator of Classical Performance and Chamber Music
Dr Kenji Fujimura (Senior Lecturer in Piano/Keyboard) is a multi-award-winning musician and international prize-winning composer, and has been broadcast on many occasions as soloist and chamber musician by networks such as BBC Radio 3, ABC-FM and TV, the MBS-FM network, and Bravo! Canada. He 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’.
For more information on Kenji: www.kenjimusic.com
Kenji has been elected an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music, London (ARAM) for his ‘significant contribution to the field’. (May 2015)
Kenji’s latest CD – William Hurlstone (1876-1906) Complete music for solo piano – now available on the Toccata Classics label.
Kenji’s CD with Monash colleague violinist Elizabeth Sellars has won the 2014 Limelight Recording of the Year for chamber music.
Composition successes: In 2014 Kenji won the international VirtualArtists ‘Simply Stunning’ Composition Competition for his piece for violin and piano, Au Revoir. The work was premiered in USA in May this year, and was ‘the biggest “hit” on the program – even more so than the gorgeous Rachmaninoff Vocalise!‘
His Ballade to Anxiety for solo piano was also a winning work in the Vox Novus competition and was also premiered in May, performed by pianist Yumi Suehiro in New York.
Recent CD publications:
WILLIAM HURLSTONE – Complete Piano Music (Toccata Classics TOCC0289) – Musicweb International Recording of the Month, May 2015
This CD contains all existing piano music by English composer William Hurlstone (1876-1906), ranging from early childhood essays to larger-scale works such as the Variations on an Hungarian Air and the Piano Sonata. ‘This is a must-have CD for all British music enthusiasts. I have been waiting for this release for many years and have not been disappointed. Every track (even the juvenilia) on this disc is worthy of our attention. A great investment.’ (Musicweb International)
MESSIAEN NEXUS – music for piano and violin (Move Records MD3369) – 2014 Limelight Recording of the Year (Chamber Music)
This CD includes the premiere recording (with Monash colleague Elizabeth Sellars) of the Violin Sonata of George Benjamin, along with works by Paul Dukas, Gyorgy Kurtag and Olivier Messiaen. It has been ‘praised as much for thoughtful programming as for musicianship.’ (Limelight).
TRIO ANIMA MUNDI – Romantic Piano Trios (Divine Art dda25102) – 2013 Musicweb International Recording of the Year
Kenji’s 2-CD recording with chamber group Trio Anima Mundi has been a huge success, with over a dozen international reviews (- all positive!). Containing piano trios by William Hurlstone, Max d’Ollone, Miriam Hyde and Dag Wiren, ‘Trio Anima Mundi – Romantic Piano Trios’ has been selected as a Musicweb International Recording of the year 2013. It has also been hailed as: “This is the chamber music disc of the year. You will lose out if you do not buy it. I cannot recommend it highly enough.” – Dr David Wright (Wrightmusic)