Matthew Barley/Cellist

Music is well said to be the speech of Angels.

Thomas Carlyle

BORN 1977

Born in Osaka, Dai Fujikura has now spent more than 20 years in the UK where he has studied composition with Edwin Roxburgh, Daryl Runswick and George Benjamin. He has been the recipient of numerous prizes, including the Huddersfield Festival Young Composers Award and a Royal Philharmonic Society Award in UK, Internationaler Wiener Composition Prize, the Paul Hindemith Prize and the OTAKA and Akutagawa awards.

He is fast becoming a truly international composer, with his music not only performed in the country of his birth and his adopted home, but in venues as geographically diverse as Caracas and Oslo, Venice and Schleswig-Holstein, Lucerne and Paris.

He has received two BBC Proms commissions, his Double Bass Concerto was recently premiered by the London Sinfonietta and in 2013 the BBC Symphony Orchestra will give the UK premiere of Atom as part of Total Immersion: Sounds from Japan at the Barbican.

The first disc devoted exclusively to Fujikura’s music, Secret Forest, was released on NMC in 2012 and another album of his works is due for release on KAIROS in 2013.

Click here to read about The Spirit of Beings, the new piece written for cellist Matthew Barley’s Around Britten tour.

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