Daichi Fujiki, countertenor
In April 2017, Daichi Fujiki made a brilliant debut at that hallowed institution of opera, the Vienna State Opera.
In making his debut in the role of the Herald in Aribert Reimann’s Medea (Conductor:M. Boder / Director: M.A. Marelli), which was composed for the Vienna State Opera and premiered worldwide in 2010, Daichi Fujiki made history as the first Japanese, and East Asian, countertenor to perform at this venerable institution. “A great discovery is the countertenor Daichi Fujiki as the Herald, who pronounces the ban against the Colchians. He does so with breakneck coloraturas.” (Der Neue Merker); “Daichi Fujiki made a lasting impression as a countertenor in his role as the Herald” (Oper in Wien); “Daichi Fujiki, whose voice has a creamy quality at its core, as well as dazzling note-spinning: the embodiment of modern opera” (Parterre); and “Countertenor Daichi Fujiki fully masters the esoteric role of the Herald.” (Salzburger Nachrichten). His performance was enthusiastically acclaimed not only by audiences and media outlets of the city of music, but also in Japan, where it was covered by major news outlets including Good Morning Japan (NHK) and International News 2017 (NHK BS1).
Fujiki was a finalist in the International Sacred Music Competition in Rome in 2011. In 2012, he was selected as the Austrian representative for the 31st International Hans Gabor Belvedere Singing Competition for the second consecutive year, and became a finalist in the world competition, eventually winning the Hans Gabor award. In the same year, he placed first in the vocal division of the Music Competition of Japan. As the first win by a countertenor in the 81-year history of this prestigious competition, it created a sensation.
In May 2013, Fujiki made his European debut at the 250-year anniversary of the Teatro Comunale di Bologna after being selected for the role of Mannio in Gluck’s Il Trionfo di Clelia (Conductor: G.S. di Risio / Director: N. Lowery). In June, he performed at the same theater in the role of Carmelo in G. Battistelli’s Divorzio all’italiana (Conductor: D. Kawka / Director: D. Pountney) .He gained international acclaim over a total of 12 performances at this prestigious Italian theater, sacred ground of opera.
In Japan, under the instruction of renowned conductors including Ken-ichiro Kobayashi, Hideomi Kuroiwa, Michiyoshi Inoue, Kazuhiro Koizumi, Yoko Matsuo, Masaaki Suzuki, Ken Takaseki, Eiji Oue, Kazushi Ono, Yutaka Sado, Sachio Fujioka, Ryusuke Numajiri, Tetsuro Ban, Tatsuya Shimono, Ryuichiro Sonoda, Keiko Mitsuhashi, Yuko Tanaka, and Masato Suzuki, he has performed at nearly all of Japan’s major orchestras, including Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony, Yomiuri Nippon Symphony, Tokyo Philharmonic, Tokyo Symphony, Japan Philharmonic, New Japan Philharmonic, Kanagawa Philharmonic, Nagoya Philharmonic, Central Aichi Symphony, Osaka Philharmonic, Japan Century Symphony, Kansai Philharmonic, Kyoto Symphony, Hyogo PAC Orchestra, Kyushu Symphony, Sendai Philharmonic, Gunma Symphony, Orchestra Ensemble Kanazawa, Kyoto Philharmonic, and Bach Collegium Japan, co-starring in operatic and orchestra works including A Midsummer Night’s Dream, King Lear, The Coronation of Poppaea, Symphony No. 9, Carmina Burana, St. Matthew Passion, Messiah, Requiem (Fauré), and more. He has also performed world premieres with music provided by Akira Nishimura, Masanori Kato, and others.
In recitals, Fujiki has co-performed with Martin Katz, a pianist in high demand by vocal artists around over the world, as well as guitarists Kiyoshi Shomura, Shin-ichi Fukuda, Daisuke Suzuki, Yasuji Ohagi, and others, winning great praise.
In 2018, he took the stage for the fifth consecutive year at the NHK New Year Opera Concert, He also performed in the Untitled Concert (TV Asahi), the Yomikyo Symphonic Live Concert (Nippon TV), Classic Club (NHK BS Premium), and Best of Classic (NHK FM). Co-performing with pianists such as Kazumasa Matsumoto, Mami Hagiwara, and others, his solo recitals have won high acclaim and he continues to field regular offers from all over Japan.
Fujiki also sang the theme song of Hanalei Bay, a movie based on an original work by Haruki Murakami to open in October 2018.
His activities have earned an increasingly high profile—for instance, his scheduled appearances in regular concerts with the Osaka Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of renowned American conductor Leonard Slatkin in March 2019.
As one of Japan’s highest-profile international artists, Fujiki’s current activities range over a diverse repertoire from baroque to contemporary.
Winner of the Aoyama Award at the 25th Aoyama Music Awards, Fujiki completed his training at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna, Graduate School (Cultural Management and Cultural Studies).