Flutist Kaori Fujii has emerged as one of the most imaginative and creative flutists of her generation. From baroque to contemporary, Ms. Fujii’s distinctive sound captivates audiences and critics alike. The breadth, depth and lyricism of Kaori Fujii’s music distinguish her as a trend-setting flutist.
Ms. Fujii has performed numerous concerts that were broadcast on major radio and TV channels in the US, Europe and Japan, such as WFMT Fine Arts Radio Chicago, NHK Television network channels and NTV Television. Additionally, she has made many guest appearances on popular radio shows. In Dec. 2011, she was featured as an orchestral soloist at a televised Christmas Gala Concert by ZDF (German National TV network), which was broadcast nationwide and attended by the President. Excerpts of her concert: Watch video
During the 2011/2012 season Ms. Fujii toured as a soloist with the Prague Chamber Orchestra throughout Germany. In spring of 2012, she was the featured recital soloist on tour across the United States and in February 2013, Ms. Fujii was heard with renowned pianist Phillip Moll at Preston Bradley Hall in Chicago which was broadcast live on WFMT Fine Arts Radio. Watch video
In March 2013, Ms. Fujii embarked on an eight concert tour in Japan:
She has released six solo albums from JVC Victor Entertainment, Inc. including “Garota de Ipanema,” which was pre-nominated for the Grammy Awards in seven categories, including “Best Instrumental Soloist Performance” and “Best Latin Jazz Album,” and at the 2007 Latin Grammy Awards (LARAS), also for “Best Latin Jazz Album.” In addition, she has been featured in eight compilation albums. Ms. Fujii made an outstanding CD debut with four cello suites by J.S. Bach, and became the first and only flutist to complete all of the six cello suites in 2005. Overall, the cello suites and the music of Bach are Ms. Fujii’s most ambitious projects.
Ms. Fujii has toured with major artists, conductors, ensembles, and orchestras, including composer/conductor Ennio Morricone, conductors Justus Frantz and Heribert Beissel, oboist Albrect Mayer, pianists Stanislav Bunin and Philli Moll, the Vienna Piano Quartet, Vienna String Trio, as well as Suk Chamber Music Orchestra, Sinfonia Varsovia, Tokyo metropolitan Orchestra, Franz Liszt Chamber Music Orchestra and the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra.
In addition, she has graced the stages of such leading concert halls as The John F. Kennedy Center in the USA, Alte Oper Frankfurt, Frankfurt, Festspielhaus Baden-Baden, Liederhalle Stuttgart in Germany.Teresa Carreño Theater Caracas in Venezuela, and The Symphony Hall Tokyo, Opera City Concert Hall, and Suntory Hall Tokyo in Japan.
A native of Japan, Kaori Fujii was born into a family of musicians and began studying the flute at the age of 11. In 1996 at the age of 17, Kaori took the first prize in the 7th Japan Woodwind Competition. The next year, she was the first prizewinner at the 14th Japan Wind and Percussion Competition, and in 1998, at the 67th Music Competition of Japan. She was the youngest winner in the history of these competitions. Kaori was also awarded the second prize in the 44th International Competition Maria Canals de Barcelona in 1998 and in the Flute/Piano Duo category of the10th International Flute Competition Friedrich Kuhlau in 2003. Other distinctions include the Asahi Newspaper Award and the E. Nakamichi Award.
A graduate of the Tokyo University of the Arts, and of the soloist class of the University of Music and Performing Arts Stuttgart (Staatliche Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst Stuttgart), Kaori has studied with Jean-Claude Gérard, Paul Meisen, Jeannie Baxtresser, Aurèle Nicolet, Wolfgang Schulz, Sir James Galway and Akiko Mikami.
Kaori resides in New York City. In recent seasons, she toured extensively in the United States, highlighted by her US debut at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC in 2006.