Ensemble Tōzai repertoire

Performances by Ensemble Tōzai include a unique blend of music of Japanese traditional and western contemporary origin. All of the music is carefully chosen, commissioned or arranged to embrace the essential nature and shared spirit of the collaboration by these four wonderful musicians. A rare treat for audiences all over the world.

Click here for example programme, world music programme, contemporary programme.

Follow the links below to hear extracts or get in touch if you would like any further details.

Japanese traditional music

Improvisations and arrangements of Japanese traditional music and melodies. Titles include Michi Gaku, Tsuru no Sugomori and Kokiriko Bushi.

Contemporary repertoire

Works by British composers include Bolt by Graham Fitkin and Shūso (Autumn Frost) by Julian Johnson featuring the shakuhachi.

Works by Japanese composers include Birds in Warped Time by Somei Satoh, the violin sonata by Godzilla composer Akira Ifukube and Afar by Yoichi Togawa.

Commissioned works

Ensemble Tōzai regularly collaborates with and commissions new works from living composers for special projects. The most important work in this category is Toru’s Mist by the extraordinary Gavin Bryars written for a nationwide tour of the United Kingdom as part of Japan 2001.

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October 1st 2017
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2017/18 Concert Season preview

Reiko is delighted to announce her exciting plans for the 2017/18 concert season, with a look ahead to her special project "Clara 2019". Press release available to download here Click on the image below or click here to view in full screen
July 14th 2017
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The Travelling Clara

‘The Travelling Clara’ A trilogy of concerts spaced out over 2019, reimagining concerts of the virtuoso Clara Schumann as she travelled across Europe, performing the most significant piano concertos of the nineteenth century. 1) Clara in Leipzig Robert Schumann Piano Concerto in A minor. Clara premiered her husband's only completed piano concerto 1 January ...
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 Schumann: An inspirational life in words and music'. Combining the music of Clara and Robert Schumann, together with other works ...
February 7th 2016
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Goldberg Project

In July 2016, Reiko will be embarking on her Goldberg Project. Over the next year, Reiko Fujisawa takes on JS Bach’s magnificent ‘Goldberg Variations’ BWV 988, and will perform this work across the country, in a variety of performance venues. Upheld as one of the greatest examples of variation form, the ...
February 7th 2016
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530,000 notes!

As my final concerts of 2016 are approaching, I can look back over an amazing few months. My Goldberg Project has been so wonderful. With seven performances of Bach’s Goldberg Variations across the country, I have performed in such incredible venues and met so many wonderful people. That’s over 530,000 ...

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