Mao Fujita was born in Tokyo in 1998. Graduated from the Tokyo College of Music High School. Currently a student at the Tokyo College of Music and a recipient of a special grant.
Prize-winner at The World Classic competition (Taiwan, 2010; 1st prize), the International Rosario Marciano Piano Competition (Vienna, 2013; 1st prize), the Zhuhai International Mozart Competition for Young Musicians (China, 2015; 1st prize), the Gina Bachauer Young Artists International Piano Competition (Salt Lake City, USA, 2016; 3rd prize) and the International Clara Haskil Piano Competition (Vevey, Switzerland, 2017; 1st prize and three special prizes). In 2019 he won 2nd prize at the International Tchaikovsky Competition. In October that year he made his debut in London with the Mariinsky Orchestra under Valery Gergiev. In 2020 he won an Idemitsu Music Award.
Has appeared at the Klavier-Festival Ruhr and the Music Festival in Verbier and participated in the New Generation series of the Fondation Louis Vuitton in Paris. Repertoire includes concerti by Bach, Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninoff and Schumann, in addition to chamber opuses from various eras, ranging from Bach and Domenico Scarlatti to Stravinsky and Ligeti.
In 2018 he performed Tchaikovsky’s First Piano Concerto with the Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra under Oleg Caetani, and in 2019 he performed André Jolivet’s Piano Concerto with the Tokyo Philharmonic under Kazuyoshi Akiyama and Rachmaninoff’s Third Piano Concerto with the Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra under Kahchun Wong.
Engagements for the 2020–21 season include his debut with the Münchner Philharmoniker, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic and the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, appearances at London’s Wigmore Hall, at festivals in Tsinandali and Riga–Jurmala and a performance of the complete piano sonatas by Mozart at the Verbier Festival in the summer of 2021.
On the Naxos label, Mao Fujita has recorded six discs featuring works by Chopin, Mozart, Paderewski, Bartók, Debussy, Mendelssohn, Beethoven, Liszt, Prokofiev and Fujikura.
Information for November 2020