Reiko’s Story

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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 in the most southerly of Japan’s four main islands: 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 spent time in San Francisco and yet, with the high density of Japanese in the city, this too felt quite close to home. She then chose to follow the example of one of her Japanese piano teachers and travel to the UK. There 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 on the concert platform. 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. Her UK festival performances include Brighton, Belfast and Warwick & Leamington.

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 to the audience a dialogue between pianist and composer. She feels especially at home among the deep emotional textures of Beethoven, the joyful spirit of Schubert’s impromptus and – her most recent discovery – 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. 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 Wind Principals of the London Orchestras and in a Piano Trio with members of the Allegri Quartet.

The culmination of Reiko’s solo career so far is an acclaimed CD, released on Quartz in 2012. In its review theartsdesk.com found the recording “irresistible”. See if you agree by clicking here.

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January 2nd 2016
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Chamber Music Concert with the Carducci Quartet – Kings Place – 6 May 2018

SUNDAY 6 MAY 2018 at 6.30PM Reiko is absolutely delighted to be returning to London Chamber Music Society at Kings Place in London, this time joined by the brilliant Carducci Quartet in a concert featuring Schumann's wonderful and mighty Piano Quintet, preludised by his moving Widmung in the Liszt transcription. J Haydn String Quartet in D Op. ...
January 1st 2016
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Recital – Purcell Room, Southbank Centre – 14 May 2018

MONDAY 14 MAY 2018 at 7.30pm Reiko is very excited to be invited back to the Purcell Room in the opening season following renovation. Programme: Toru Takemitsu Rain Tree Sketch II Thomas Adès Mazurkas interval JS Bach Goldberg Variations BWV 988 Ticket information to come. Purcell Room, Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, London SE1 8XX
June 6th 2017
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Violin and Piano Recital – Winchester Cathedral – 6 Jun 2017

TUESDAY 6 JUNE 2017 at 1:00pm Looking forward to performing in this wonderful setting with my good friend and violinist David Juritz. Programme: Beethoven Sonata no.9 in A major op.47 "Kreutzer" Wieniawski Polonaise de Concert in D major op.4 No tickets required Winchester Cathedral, The Close, Winchester, Hampshire SO23 9LS
May 17th 2017
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Recital – Brentwood Cathedral – 17 May 2017

I am delighted to be returning to Brentwood Cathedral to perform on WEDNESDAY 17 MAY 2017, 1:00PM. Playing a part of the Cathedral's Centenary celebrations is very special, so I am looking forward to such a lovely setting and concert. Programme to be announced No tickets required. Brentwood Cathedral, Ingrave Rd, Brentwood ...
March 31st 2017
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Recital – Oita, Japan – 31 Mar 2017

FRIDAY 31 MARCH 2017 7:00PM Following her series of concerts in the UK, Reiko is delighted to bring her programme to Oita, Japan: Haydn Andante con variazioni Beethoven Sonata No. 23 in F minor, Op. 57 (‘Appassionata’) interval Chopin Sonata in B minor, Op.58 Otonoizumi Hall, Iichiko Culture Center, Oitaa, Japan
March 8th 2017
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Clara 2019

Clara Schumann, née Wieck 1819–1896 To celebrate the bicentenary of Clara Schumann in 2019, Reiko will be performing Clara's music throughout her programmes. One special recital we have planned is 'Clara and Robert: The Marriage Diaries'. Combining the music of Clara and Robert Schumann, Reiko investigates how the pair talk to ...
January 20th 2017
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Recital – Sheffield Cathedral – 20 Jan 2017 

FRIDAY 20 JANUARY 2017 1:15PM Sheffield Cathedral Reiko looks forward to her lunchtime recital at the splendid Sheffield Cathedral. Programme: Haydn Andante con variazioni Beethoven Sonata No. 23 in F minor, Op. 57 (‘Appassionata’) No tickets required. Sheffield Cathedral, Church Street, Sheffield S1 1HA 

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