Born in Tokyo, 24-year old Mao Fujita was still studying at the Tokyo College of Music in 2017 when he took First Prize at the prestigious Concours International de Piano Clara Haskil in Switzerland, along with the Audience Award, Prix Modern Times, and the Prix Coup de Coeur, which first brought him to the attention of the international music community. He was also the Silver Medalist at the 2019 Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow, where his special musical qualities received exceptional attention from a jury of leading musicians. He has been invited to appear in recital at major international festivals, including the Klavier-Festival Ruhr, Tsinandali and Riga-Jurmala festivals, among others, and made his US recital debut at Carnegie Hall in January 2023. Recent and upcoming orchestral highlights include performances with the Gewandhaus Orchestra, Munich Philharmonic, Royal Philharmonic, Royal Concertgebouw, Philharmonique de Radio France, Konzerthaus Berlin, Yomiuri Nippon Symphony, Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony, RAI, Filarmonica della Scala and Lucerne Festival orchestra and the Israel Philharmonic, while his many conductor collaborations include Vasily Petrenko, Christoph Eschenbach, Riccardo Chailly and Andris Nelsons. In November 2021, he signed an exclusive multi-album deal with Sony Classical International. Starting piano lessons at the age of three, Mao Fujita won his first international prize in 2010 at the World Classic in Taiwan, and became a laureate of numerous national and international competitions such as the Rosario Marciano International Piano Competition in Vienna (2013), Zhuhai International Mozart Competition for Young Musicians (2015) and the Gina Bachauer International Young Artists Piano Competition (2016). Mao Fujita is moving to Berlin for further studies with Kirill Gerstein.
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