Dai Fujikura, Japan - member of the Composition Jury 2015
Although Dai Fujikura was born in Osaka, he has now spent more than 20 years in the UK where he studied composition with Edwin Roxburgh, Daryl Runswick and George Benjamin. This last decade, he has been recipient of numerous prizes, including the Huddersfield Festival Young Composers Award, the Paul Hindemith Prize and both the Otaka and Akutagawa awards in 2009.
Fujikura is now recognized as one of Japan’s leading composers. He has received commissions from some of the world’s finest orchestras (BBC Symphony, Ensemble Modern, Klangforum, Ensemble Intercontemporain, Philharmonia ou Tokyo Symphony). A prolific composer, his work includes chamber music, concertos and symphonic pieces. His first opera, Solaris, composed in the autumn of 2014, is a coproduction of the Théâtre des Champs Elysées and the Operas of Lausanne and Lille.
His works for orchestra Tocar y Luchar and Grasping were premiered respectively in Caracas and Korea before moving on to Germany. He collaborates with renowned composers such as Pierre Boulez, Peter Eötvös, Jonathan Nott and Gustavo Dudamel and top-notch orchestras (BBC, Seattle, Bamberg, OSR).
He is also active on the experimental pop/jazz/improvisation scene, working with musicians such as David Sylvian, Sidsel Endresen and Jan Bang.
Dai Fujikura is published by G. Ricordi & Co, Berlin