Born in Tokyo in 1998, Mao’s first international acclaim was at age 18, just two years ago when he won the 27th Concours International De Piano Clara Haskil in Switzerland, also winning three special awards the “Audience Award,” the “Prix Modern Times,” and the “Prix Coup de Coeur”. In June, 2019, Mao fascinated Moscow, winning the second prize at the 16th International Tchaikovsky Competition. He was welcomed by ovation at each round and was watched on internet from all around the globe. He appeared to perform the 3rd movement of Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No.1 with Valery Gergiev at the final Gala in St. Petersburg where a special recognition was made by Maestro Gergiev that Mao was ”the surprising new discovery” of the pianists. He made a worthy London debut, performing Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto with Maestro Gergiev and Mariinsky Orchestra in October 2019. He also performed the same work at his debut in Seoul and fascinated many. This season he is invited to perform in Germany, Moscow, Latvia and Switzerland among many others.
His recent highlight performances include the Andre Jolivet Piano Concerto with Mo. Kazuyoshi Akiyama & Tokyo Symphony Orchestra in 2019, Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No. 3 with Mo.Kachun Wong & Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra in 2019, and Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No.1 with Mo. Oleg Caetani & Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra in 2018. He was invited to perform at festivals such as Klavier-Festival Ruhr and Verbier Festival as Academy Musician and to perform at the “New Generatioin Series” at Louis Vuitton Foundation in 2018. Mao’s Concerto repertoire includes but not limited to works such as Bach, Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninov, Schumann among many others. Recital. He also has a wide variety of recital repertoire; from Bach, Scarlatti to Stravinsky and Rigetti Mao has also won other numerous awards inside and outside Japan such as 1st Prize in the Junior Section of “The World Classic” in Taiwan in 2010, 1st Prize in the Elementary School Division of the National Competition of the Student Music Concours of Japan, . 1st Prize at the International Rosario Marciano Piano Competition in Austria in 2013, 1st Prize at the Zhuhai International Mozart Competition for Young Musicians in 2015, 1st Prize at the Hamamatsu International Piano Academy Competition, and 3rd Prize at the Gina Bachauer International Young Artists Piano Competition in the United States in 2016. Recordings are released from Naxos.
Reviews from the Tchaikovsky Competition:
”I was amazed at Mao Fujita: from his performance in the first round, where he played Mozart, I couldn’t recover myself for a long time. Some joy came over me, I was very impressed and discussed his performance in the courtyard of the Moscow Conservatory (this is already a tradition – to discuss the competition with the public)…” (Denis Matsuev, Piano Jury Chair of XVI Tchaikovsky Competition RGRU, Russia)
“His performance in the first round caused a flurry of enthusiasm and an ovation of the hall, and after the second round they confidently spoke about him as an unconditional favorite of the public …” (RGRU, Russia)
“This is an absolute meta-hero for the Tchaikovsky Competition, such a performer is a bright, necessarily foreign, to whom the public somehow so favors. His name was Van Cliburn there, then his name was Frederick Kempf, in 2015 his name was Debarg, now his name is Mao Fujita” (Boris Lifanovsky, Creator of the classicalmusicnews.ru, Russia)