Daichi Fujiki, countertenor
Placed first in the vocal division of the Music Competition of Japan in 2012. Made his debut as Mannio in Il trionfo di Clelia (The Triumph of Clelia), at Bologna’s Teatro Comunale in May of 2013. Went on to appear as Carmelo in Divorzio all’italiana (Divorce Italian Style) at the
same theater, then as Edgar in Reimann’s Lear (conducted by Tatsuya Shimono of Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra) at Nissay Theatre, to great acclaim. Slated to make his debut at the Vienna State Opera in April of 2017 – a first for a Japanese countertenor, as Herold in Reimann’s Medea. With his international activities spanning a wide range of repertoire from baroque to contemporary, Fujiki is currently one of Japanese highest-profile artists.
After making his debut as a tenor in The Marriage of Figaro at the New National Theatre,Tokyo in 2003, studied in Bologna and Vienna.
Converted to a countertenor in 2011. In 2012, was selected to be the Austrian representative for the 31st International Hans Gabor Belvedere Singing Competition for the second consecutive year, became a finalist in the world competition, and won the Hans Gabor award.
In recent years, he has appeared as an alto soloist in Japan Philharmonic Orchestra’s Beethoven’s 9th Symphony in 2014, starred in a mono-opera Hitodenashi-no-Koi (The Love of the Brute, world premiere) hosted by the Kyoto Art Center, appeared with Masato Suzuki in Baroque Live Theater at Oji Hall in 2015, appeared in The Magic Flute at Izumi Hall, and in B→C: Bach to Contemporary, hosted by Tokyo Opera City, among others. Appeared in the first and second nights of Ongakugeki-Kiko hosted by Hakuju Hall in 2016, then appeared as Oberon in Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream (conducted by Yutaka Sado) at Hyogo Performing Arts Center in July of the same year. In the 11th Hakuju Guitar Fest, held in honor of the 20th anniversary of the death of Toru Takemitsu, gave a passionate performance of SONGS with Kiyoshi Shomura and Shin-ichi Fukuda, to great acclaim. Is expanding his scope of activity, having appeared in the 60th NHK New Year Opera Concert in January of 2017 for the fourth consecutive year, and slated to perform with the Nagoya Philharmonic Orchestra, Osaka Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Kyushu Symphony Orchestra, among others.
Winner of the 19th Matsukata Hall Prize. Winner of the Aoyama Award in the 25th Aoyama Music Awards. Completed his training at the University of Music and Performing Arts, Vienna graduate school (Cultural Management and Cultural Studies). From Miyazaki City. Currently resides in Vienna.