Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Piano Sonata No. 10 in C major, KV 330
Ludwig van Beethoven
Piano Sonata No. 17 in D minor, Op. 31 No. 2
Performed by Mao Fujita (piano), recipient of the 2nd prize at the Tchaikovsky International Competition (2019)
Invariably met with ovations at the XVI International Tchaikovsky Competition, the pianist has enchanted audiences not just with his filigree technique and impeccable precision of performance; the main and defining characteristic of the playing of Mao Fujita, who won the hearts of audiences on his first tour, is the sharply individual sound of the instrument. “Heavenly”, “sun-like” and “crystalline” – these are just some such of the epithets that critics have awarded the pianist.
As a result of the competition, the twenty-year-old Japanese musician was presented with the prestigious 2nd prize and the Silver Medal of the competition, along with awards at such competitions as the Gina Bachauer Piano Competition (2016, 3rd prize) and the Clara Haskil Piano Competition (2017, 1stprize).
At the International Piano Festival the young pianist will present a solo programme of works by Mozart, Beethoven and Chopin. In addition to the two sonatas – the pianist’s competition “warhorse” – there will be a performance of Mozart’s Tenth Sonata and Beethoven’s Seventeenth Sonata, Fujita also performing all of Chopin’s scherzos. A disc of the Polish composer’s music, the pianist’s fifth solo recording, was recorded by Mao in October this year on the Naxos label.