Arisa Fujita, violin

Born in Japan, Arisa came to England in 1985 to study with David Takeno. In 1988, she won the Audi Junior Musician Competition. She entered Guildhall School of Music and Drama (where she now teaches) in 1991 where she won all available violin prizes, Rose Bowl, Sheriff's Prize and a Silver Medal from the Worshipful Company of Musicians. She graduated with a BMus (Hons) First Class Degree in 1995 and gained her Concert Recital Diploma (Premier Prix) in 1998. Arisa was a recipient of the Emily English Award, Maisie Lewis Young Artists Award and the Boise Foundation Scholarship. She was also a semi-finalist in the International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow in 1998.

Arisa has performed concertos in numerous venues including the Barbican Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall, St. John's Smith Square, Purcell Room, St. Martin-in-the-Fields, St. James' Piccadilly, also, in Belgrade (Yugoslavia), Montana (Switzerland), and Bucharest - Braşov (Romania). With her two sisters, as the Fujita Piano Trio, she has performed the Beethoven Triple Concerto numerous times most notably during a live TV and Radio broadcast with the Romanian National Radio Orchestra in Bucharest. She has performed in many countries around the world including France, Sweden, Switzerland, Ireland, Yugoslavia, Canada, Romania, Turkey, Morocco, Japan and the UK, as well as undertaking a tour of Rome, Morocco and Egypt organized by the Japan Foundation in 1998.

Arisa has attended the Open Chamber Music Seminar of the IMS Prussia Cove for the past 6 years and has also taken part in their national tour in 1999, part of which was broadcast on BBC Radio 3. In 1999 Arisa made a highly acclaimed Wigmore Hall Debut as the Fujita Piano Trio, performed in concerts with the cellist Steven Isserlis performing the Saint-Saëns La muse et le poète for violin, cello and orchestra in Oxford, Bath and Swindon, and gave a solo recital at the King's Lynn Festival.

In 2000, she performed with her two sisters at the Purcell Room, as the Fujita Piano Trio, as part of the Kirckman Concert Society, and also made a successful Trio debut in Japan at the Oji Hall in Tokyo. In 2001, the Trio gave another successful Wigmore Hall recital, which was part of the Japan2001 Festival, performing works including the European Premiere of Trio Fantasy by the Japanese composer Toshi Ichiyanagi.

Her recent recording of chamber music works by Toru Takemitsu on the ASV Label with her two sisters was highly acclaimed worldwide. In January 2002, she performed Taneyev's String Quintet and the String Trio in Eb with Steven Isserlis for the Taneyev Festival at the Wigmore Hall, and one of these concerts was broadcast live on BBC Radio 3.  2002 saw a tour of the Beethoven Triple Concerto in the Loire, France with the Orchestre National de Pays de la Loire, conducted by Isaac Karabtchevsky, solo concerts in Belgrade, Yugoslavia, Japan and the UK.

In June 2003, Arisa made a highly acclaimed solo recital at the Wigmore Hall performing a programme including a London Premiere of the Suite by Alexander Goehr.

During 2003 Arisa recorded the Tchaikovsky Piano Trio with the Swedish label Intim Musik, and has also released a CD of Ysaÿe's 6 Sonatas for Solo Violin Op. 27 in 2005.

Future engagements include a chamber music concert with Steven Isserlis at the Wigmore Hall and in Japan, a Sunday Coffee concert in October 2006 with the Fujita Piano Trio at the Wigmore, a tour of Sweden with Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra and concerts throughout the UK.

"…(Arisa Fujita) gave a remarkably impressive recital at the Wigmore Hall…brilliantly and movingly played.”
 - Musical Opinion, 2003 Wigmore Hall Recital


Performances with the Corinthian Chamber Orchestra