Reiko Fujisawa (piano)
Reiko Fujisawa
An exciting and formidable virtuoso performer

'Beautifully poised'

The Guardian

'A total joy'

The Times

Reiko trained in Japan, San Francisco and Trinity College, London. She is a pianist whose constant goal is to present a dialogue between pianist and composer. Audiences experience a musician with a European sensibility but who still engages with her Japanese roots. She has performed recently in Manchester's new Stoller Hall and the Purcell Room, London.

Friday 22nd March 2019
Intermezzo in E minor op.119, no.2
Clara Schumann
Scherzo op.10
Romance op.21, no.3
Sonata in C minor, op.13 (Pathétique)
Impromptu no.2 in F sharp major - Andantino
Impromptu no.1 in A flat major - Allegro assai, quasi presto
Impromptu no.4 in C sharp minor - Allegro agitato
Robert Schumann
Faschingsschwank aus Wien op.26
Robert Schumann arr.Liszt
Frühlingsnacht from Liederkreis op.39
Widmung from Myrthen op.25

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More biographical information

There are many brilliant pianists around, but few are able to fuse the sensibilities of a musician raised in the Far East who trained in the West. Reiko Fujisawa took up the piano at the age of three. It was an unusual direction for the traditional family milieu in which she grew up: her parents played traditional Japanese instruments but were keen for Reiko to expand her musical horizons.

Reiko went on to study at the Musashino University of Music in Tokyo but was eager to further her knowledge abroad. She studied in San Francisco and then the UK, where she trained at Trinity College and with Martino Tirimo, Benjamin Kaplan and Yonty Solomon. She has been in London ever since.

Reiko has gone on to establish herself as an exciting and formidable virtuoso performer. She made her debut at the Southbank Centre in 1999, at the Wigmore Hall in 2003 and performed with the Soloists of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in the inaugural season at Cadogan Hall in London in 2006. She has since made appearances at prestigious venues all over the UK and overseas. Recent performances include Manchester's new Stoller Hall, the Hebden Bridge Piano Festival, Southbank Centre's Purcell Room (as part of the hall's reopening season), and King's Place in London (with the Carducci Quartet). In 2018/19, Reiko embarks on a project that is particularly close to her heart - Clara 2019, marking the bicentenary of the great pianist Clara Wieck Schumann.

So what actually happens when Reiko sits at a keyboard and performs? The dominant flavour Reiko looks for in her recitals is personal warmth. Her constant goal is to present a dialogue between pianist and composer. She feels especially at home among the deep emotional textures of Beethoven, the joyful spirit of Schubert, and in conversation with Bach.

What audiences experience, both in the studio and on stage, is a musician with a European sensibility who is still in touch with her musical roots in Japan. Her recitals have often engaged with works by contemporary Japanese composers such as Yoichi Togawa and Toru Takemitsu. Reiko was a featured artist at the Japan 2001 festival with the specially formed Ensemble Tōzai, which combines western and classical Japanese musicians. Their performances have been broadcast on BBC Radio 3 and Channel 4. But her ensemble work doesn't stop there. She also plays with the Principals of Sound and many other chamber music combinations.