© Shigeto Imura
Born in Tokyo in 1998, Mao Fujita began studying the piano at the age of three.
In 2017, while still a freshman at the Tokyo College of Music, Mao won the 27th Concours International De Piano Clara Haskil in Switzerland, also winning three special awards—the “Audience Award,” the “Prix Modern Times,” and the “Prix Coup de Coeur.” This achievement earned him international attention.
2017/2018 Season, he played Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto with Mo. Oleg Caetani & Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra with much success. He also performed Klavier-Festival Ruhr, and invited to Verbier Festival as Academy Musician.
Mao has won numerous awards inside and outside Japan. In 2010, he received 1st Prize in the Junior Section of “The World Classic” (Taiwan) and 1st Prize in the elementary school division of the national competition of the Student Music Concours of Japan. He also won 1st Prize at the International Rosario Marciano Piano Competition in Austria in 2013, 1st Prize at the Zhuhai International Mozart Competition for Young Musicians in 2015, 1st Prize at the Hamamatsu International Piano Academy Competition, and 3rd Prize at the Gina Bachauer International Young Artists Piano Competition in the United States in 2016.
In 2013, Mao gave his solo debut recital at Tsuda Hall. Since then he has been invited to perform recitals both in Japan and in international festivals including Klavier-Festival Ruhr, the Chopin Summer Festival in Poland, the World Festival in Assisi, Italy, and the Festival Next Generation in Bad Ragaz, Switzerland.
He has performed with the Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra, Tokyo Symphony Orchestra, Kanagawa Philharmonic Orchestra, Utah Symphony Orchestra, Lausanne Chamber Orchestra, Macao Orchestra and others, under the batons of Oleg Caetani, Riccardo Minasi, Shigeo Genda, Norichika Iimori, Naoto Otomo, Rei Hotoda, Christian Zacharias, and Lu Jia.
Années de pèlerinage. Year two: Italy
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“Sonata-Fantasy” no. 2 in G sharp minor Op.19
Sonata no. 7 in B flat major Op.83
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