A Japanese composer born April 27, 1977 in Osaka (Japan).
A pianist by training, Dai Fujikura has an interest in film music, in particular for horror films. He studied at the Royal College of Music then at King’s College, London, notably with George Benjamin, obtaining a doctorate.
Born in Japan and living in England, Dai Fujikura composes music free of any cultural influences, refusing all exoticism and creating an ideal sound environment that reflects his own view of the world. He wishes to immerse the listener in the very matter itself of sound by experimenting with the spatialisation of the orchestra (Fifth Station for instrumental ensemble, 2004, commissioned by the London Sinfonietta; Solaris, 2014, opera first staged at the Théâtre des Champs Élysées). The titles of his pieces are a blend of poetic inspiration and borrowings from scientific language (My Butterflies for wind orchestra, 2012; Rare Gravity for orchestra, 2013). He regularly collaborates with the poet Harry Ross (Silence seeking solace for soprano and string quartet, 2013; Zawazawa for chorus, 2016).
His international reputation has brought him very many commissions from ensembles and institutions, including the Ensemble Intercontemporain (Time unlocked for six instruments, 2008), the Festival of Lucerne (Phantom pulse for 12 percussionists, 2006), Radio France and Ircam (Swarming essence for orchestra and electronics, 2008), the BBC (Crushing twister for orchestra, 2006), the Ensemble Modern (Vanishing point for instrumental ensemble, 2006), the Seattle Symphony Orchestra and the Bamberger Symphoniker (Mina, concerto for five soloists and orchestra, 2012), the Nagoya Philharmonic Orchestra and the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra (Flute Concerto, 2015).