Coordinator of Classical Performance and Chamber Music
Associate Professor Kenji Fujimura (Piano/Keyboard) is a multi-international-award-winning pianist and 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. As a pianist 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’s composition for solo piano – Re-Inventions – was premiered by pianist Tamara Smolyar in Romania as part of the International New Music Week Bucharest (May 2017) and given its Australian premiere at the Melbourne International Piano and Strings Festival (July 2017).
Kenji has released a new CD featuring the first recordings of English composer George Frederick Pinto’s Violin Sonatas – international release on the Toccata Classics label. (December 2016)
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 CD – William Hurlstone (1876-1906) Complete music for solo piano – 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.
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
GEORGE FREDERICK PINTO – Complete Sonatas for piano and violin (Toccata Classics TOCC0366)
This CD contains the premiere recordings of English composer Pinto’s three violin sonatas. This is the second CD in collaboration with Elizabeth Sellars. ‘The recording is well forward, and captures both instruments successfully, ever mindful of, and sympathetic to the importance of balance in these types of early violin sonatas‘ ‘...their attention to the Classical detailing of the sonatas pays dividends.‘ (Musicweb International)
WILLIAM HURLSTONE – Complete Piano Music (Toccata Classics TOCC0289) – Musicweb International Recording of the Month, May 2015, Fanfare USA Top 5 Want List
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, Readings Recording of the Month (Jan 2014)
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)