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Yukino Fujiwara (Piano)

Born: June 1, 1966 - Tokyo, Japan

The Japanese pianist, Yukino Fujiwara, was born in Tokyo as the only daughter of a Japanese singer married couple. In 1968 her parents came with her to Munich, where she continued her vocal studies. In 1970 she received her first piano lesson according to the method of Beata Ziegler's "The inside hearing" with Anna Stadler in Munich. In 1972, she returned with her parents back to Japan. Since 1975, she studied again with Anna Stadler, in Munich.

She Yukino Fujiwara has an extraordinarily large repertoire ranging from solo piano works and concertos to chamber music works, including Lieder accompanigment. She gave her first piano recital in 1976 in Tokyo. This was followed by recitals in Germany (including the 1982 festival debut at the Berliner Festwochen, 1986 at Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival), Japan, Austria, Italy, France, the former Czechoslovakia (including the Beethoven Festival in Teplitz), Switzerland and in the USA (1993 New York debut at Carnegie Weill Recital Hall).

Since 1977 Yukino Fujiwara gave concerts with orchestras in Germany (including: 1977 Augsburger Philharmoniker under Gabor Ötvös; 1983 Frankfurter Opern- und Museumsorchester under David Shallon; 1984 Bayerisches Staatsopernorchester München under Hiroshi Wakasugi as an exchange concert between Japan and Germany, which was a reply to Anne-Sophie Mutter's concert with the NHK Symphony Orchestra in Japan under Wolfgang Sawallisch (live-broadcast from Japan, ZDF and ORF) broadcast live in Japan via satellite from the Münchner Nationaltheater on ORF and NHK), Japan (including: Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchetra; Japan Philharmonic Orchestra, New Japan Philharmonic Orchestra, Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra, under Kazuo Yamada, Kenichiro Kobayashi, Akeo Watanabe, Hartmut Haenchen, Ondrej Lenüd), Switzerland (including: 1983 Orchetre de Cannes Cotes d'Azur under Philippe Bender at the Festival de Musique in Montreux, 1985 Zürcher Tonhalle-Orchester conducted by Ferdinand Leitner at the Zürcher Tonhalle), Sweden (1988 Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra under Peter Eroes at the Stockholm Philharmonie), Denmark (1989 Symphony Orchestra Aarborg under David Peterson), France (including: Nouveau Orchestre Philharmonic de Radio France Paris under Philippe Bender at Salle Pleyel Paris; L'Ensemble Orchestral de Paris under Marc Soustrot), Bulgaria (including Pleven Symphony Orchestra under Georgi Notev), the former Czechoslovakia (including the Symphony Orchestra of Brno under Michael Barrett).

In 1983 and 1984 Yukino Fujiwara appeared at the Marlboro Music Festival in Vermont / USA. Rudolf Serkin, then artistic director of the festival, wrote about her later in a letter to a friend: "She is a true artist." In 1986 she replaced Rudolf Buchbinder, who had cancelled 3 days before the concert, and played Schubert's Trout Quintet with the Prague's Praszak Quartet at the Schleissheimer Schlossfestspielen in Munich.

In 1983 Yukino Fujiwara began studying in the 5th Semester at the Staatlichen Musikhochschule in Munich, which she finished in 1985 with the artistic state diploma, and followed in 1987 with the master's degree.

Yukino Fujiwara received prizes in several international piano competitions: 1982 3rd prize and the silver medal as the youngest prize-winner at the "Busoni" Competition in Bolzano; 1985 2nd Prize at the Geza Anda Competition in Zurich; 1986 Premier Grand Prix at the Long-Thibaud Competition in Paris.

CD recordings 1987 (Robert Schumann: Symphonic Etudes, etc.), 1988 (L.v. Beethoven: Waldstein Sonata, Sonata Op.110 etc), 1999 (all Frédéric Chopin's Etudes), and 2007 (J.S. Bach: Goldberg Variations BWV 988). Radio recordings: Bayerischer Rundfunk München, WDR Köln, RAI Italia, Radio Denmark, SRG Schweiz, Radio France Paris, NHK Japan, Radio FM Tokyo. TV recordings: ZDF, SRG Fernsehen Genf, DRS Fernsehen Zürich, NHK Television Japan, Kyoto Television.

Source: Yukino Fujiwara Website, English translation by Aryeh Oron (August 2009)
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Aryeh Oron (August 2009)

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