Kenji Fujimura

KENJI FUJIMURA
PIANO

2pm Sunday 1st March 2009
ST. PETER’S PARISH HALL
Gisborne St, East Melbourne
Melways 2F Kl

Meet the Artist

Kenji Fujimura is the recipient of numerous major prizes and scholarships, and has been broadcast on radio and television on many occasions by BBC Radio3, ABC-FM and TV, the MBS-FM network and Bravo! Canada. Kenji has been described as ‘a grande 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’.’ An avid supporter of both contemporary and lesser-known music, Kenji has given world and Australian premieres of numerous works including Brian Harnetty, Graham Hair, Karen Tanaka, and Henri Busser amongst others. Kenji’s doctoral research, with the assistance of a PhD scholarship, was on the life and works of. English composer William Hurlstone. Recent projects have included the performance of the Mozart Sonatas for piano and violin cycle with Elizabeth Sellars, as well as premieres of works by Calvin Bowman and Philip Czaplowski. In 2008 Kenji gave Australian premieres of piano trios by Hurlstone, and Stanford among others as founding member of Trio Anima Mundi.
As a composer, recent achievements include winning the William Lincer Foundation International Composition Competition (New York) and being one of five selected for the 2006 Symphony Australia Composers’ Workshop.
He pursued his tertiary studies in Melbourne and London. His principal teacher was Ronald Farren-Price. Kenji has been Lecturer in Piano/Keyboard at the School of MusicConservatorium, Monash University since 2002, and is currently Coordinator of Graduate Performance Studies and Chamber Music. He is also an examiner for the Australian Music Examinations Board.

Order of Program

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791) Sonata in C, KV330
Allegro moderato Andante cantabile Allegretto

William Hurlstone (1876-1906)
Sonata in F minor (Australian premiere)
Allegro Andante ma non troppo
Andante – Allegro vivace

Interval

Robert Schumann – Kinderszenen (Scenes from Childhood)

Vonfremden Landern undMenschen (Of Foreign Lands and Peoples), in G major
Kuriose Geschichte (A Curious Story), in D major
Hasche-Mann (Blind Man’s Bluff), in B minor
Bittendes Kind (Pleading Child), in D major
Gluckes genug (Happiness), in D major
Wichtige Begebenheit (An Important Event), in A major
Traumerei (Reverie), in F major
Am Kamin (At the Fireside), in F major
Ritter vom Steckenpferd (Knight of the Hobbyhorse), in C major
Fast zu ernst (Almost Too Serious), in G-sharp minor
Furchtenmachen (Frightening), in E minor
Kind im Einschlummern (Child Falling Asleep), in E minor
Der Dichter spricht (The Poet Speaks), in G major
Franz Liszt (1811-1886) Ballade No.2 in B minor, S.I 71