Kaori Fuji (Flute)

  • M.M. State University of Performing Arts, Stuttgart, Germany; B.M. Tokyo National University of Fine Arts

Born in Tokyo and currently residing in New York, Kaori Fujii has emerged as one of the leading imaginative and creative flutists ever to come out of the classical music world. From baroque to contemporary, it’s Miss Fujii’s distinctive sound and intensity of feeling that captivates concert audiences and CD‐listeners alike. She has released a total of 6 albums from JVC Victor entertainment, Inc., including “Garota de Ipanema”, which was pre‐nominated for the Grammy Awards and the Latin Grammy Awards (LARAS) under 8 categories.

Kaori has performed with such renowned artists as Ennio Morricone (Composer / Conductor), Justus Frantz (Conductor), Albrecht Mayer (Oboist), Phillip Moll (Pianist), Stanislav Bunin (Pianist), Vienna Piano Quartet, Sinfonia Varsovia, Tokyo Symphony Orchestra, and Suk Chamber Music Orchestra, to name only a few. In addition, she has graced the stage of leading concert halls, such as The John F. Kennedy Center (Washington D.C. – USA), Alte Oper Frankfurt (Frankfurt – Germany), Liederhalle (Stuttgart – Germany), Teresa Carreno Theater (Caracas – Venezuela), Suntory Hall (Tokyo – Japan), and Tokyo Opera City Concert Hall (Tokyo – Japan).

Kaori took the first prize in the 7th Japan Woodwind Competition, in the 14th Japan Wind and Percussion Competition, and in 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 10th International Flute Competition Friedrich Kuhlau in 2003.

A graduate of the Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music, and of the soloist class of the State University of Music and Performing arts Stuttgart, Kaori has studied extensively with Jean‐Claude GeÅLrard, Paul Meisen, Jeannie Baxtresser, Aure`le Nicolet, Wolfgang Schulz, Sir James Galway and Akiko Mikami.