Reiko Fujisawa studied at the Musashino University of Music in Tokyo and, following a period of concert-giving in Japan both as a soloist and a chamber musician, moved to London in order to study further with Martino Tirimo, Benjamin Kaplan and Yonty Solomon. She has since established herself as an exciting and formidable virtuoso performer with recital and concerto appearances at many prestigious venues and festivals throughout the UK and worldwide. These include the South Bank Centre, Wigmore Hall and Cadogan Hall as well as the Belfast and Brighton festivals. Reiko has given recital tours in Japan and South Africa and, as a featured artist of Japan 2001, has toured the UK extensively with her own unique Ensemble Tozai, combining traditional and contemporary music in collaboration with some of Japan’s leading classical and traditional musicians. Performances were broadcast on BBC Radio 3 and Channel 4 television.
With a long-standing commitment to promote the music of composers from her home country, Reiko included works by Yoichi Togawa in her 2003 recital début at the Wigmore Hall alongside those of Bartok, Beethoven and Schubert. Shortly afterwards, she commenced a chamber music collaboration with the soloists of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in a highly successful concert for piano and wind quintet during the inaugural season at Cadogan Hall. They were subsequently invited to perform in Japan during the orchestra’s sell-out tour of the country in 2009, and have since appeared together regularly in London and across the UK. Reiko also performs in a recital partnership with the international prize-winning violinist Masayuki Kino.
Regularly engaged as a concerto soloist, notable performances including the Schumann and Rachmaninov Second concertos, Reiko’s regular return visits to Japan invariably attract much media interest and broadcasts. In addition to her performance schedule and this début recital recording, Reiko has further recordings planned with Ensemble Tozai and the soloists of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.