Born in Tokyo in 1979 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 under 7 categories, including "The Best Instrumental Solo" and "The Best Latin Jazz Album", and at the 2007 Latin Grammy Awards (LARAS), also for "The Best Latin Jazz Album".
Kaori has performed on tours with such renowned artists, ensembles and orchestras as:
- Ennio Morricone, Composer / Conductor - Gerhard Bosse, Conductor
- Justus Frantz, Conductor - Heribert Beissel, Conductor
- Phillip Moll, Pianist - Albrecht Mayer, Oboist
- Stanislav Bunin, Pianist - Vienna Piano Quartet
- Vienna String Trio - Suk Chamber Music Orchestra
- Sinfonia Varsovia - Tokyo Metropolitan Orchestra
- Franz Liszt Chamber Music Orchestra - Tokyo Symphony Orchestra
In addition, she has graced the stage of all of the leading concert halls, such as:
- The John F. Kennedy Center, Washington D.C. - USA
- Alte Oper Frankfurt, Frankfurt - Germany
- Festspielhaus, Baden-Baden - Germany
- Liederhalle, Stuttgart - Germany
- Teresa Care-o Theater, Caracas - Venezuela
- The Symphony Hall, Osaka - Japan
- Tokyo Opera City Concert Hall, Tokyo - Japan
- Suntory Hall, Tokyo - Japan
Miss Fujii has had numerous concerts broadcast on NHK Television network channels and NTV Television, and made many guest appearances on popular radio shows throughout the world.
In 1996 at the age of 17, Kaori took the first prize in the 7th Japan Woodwind Competition. The next year, she was the first prizewinner at the 14th Japan Wind and Percussion Competition, and in 1998, at 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 Flute/Piano Duo category of the10th International Flute Competition Friedrich Kuhlau in 2003. Other distinctions include the Asahi Newspaper Award and the E. Nakamichi Award.
A graduate of the Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music, and of the soloist class of the States University of Music and Performing arts Stuttgart (Staatliche Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst Stuttgart), Kaori has studied extensively with Jean-Claude Gérard, Paul Meisen, Jeannie Baxtresser, Aurele Nicolet, Wolfgang Schulz, Sir James Galway and Akiko Mikami.
The breadth, depth and creativity of Kaori Fujii's music distinguish her as a trend-setting flutist on the cutting edge of the art.