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Pianist portraits 藤田真央 Mao Fujita 3/3


Riku Onda’s book”Mitsubachi to Enrai(“Bees and Thunder” on the theme of the Ineternational Piano Competition)”, which won the Naoki Prize and the Bookstore Grand Prize, was made into a movie and will be released on October 4. Japanese pianists recorded the performances of each of the four major contestants. Mao Fujita was selected for the 16-year-old genius Kazama.




・How did you feel when you received an offer of Kazama?

I like reading, so I read “Mitsubachi to Enrai(Bees and Thunder)” before it was made into a movie. I thought it was perfect for me. If it wasn’t me, who else would have been! (Laughs)  I haven’t seen the movie yet, but the recording should be good.I think.





・Kazama plays Saint-Saens’s “Africa” arranged by him. Did you record it?

No, I didn’t. A part of the competition was recorded. Saint-Saens has both good and bad works. He also admits the bad music. But his music is straight, there are many works like Mozart so I will try to study French music. Hahahaha(Lol). I change my mind quite often (laughs). 

The choice of Kazama’s program is interesting. That is really a twist! I think Riku Onda’s select has a meaning. She wrote each character really nice.








・Have you ever thought about your performance?

The director said, “Mao is Jin Kazama himself,” so I played just like myself. But I wonder if there was a point where I was aware of Jin … (laughs). Mozart Sonata I played freely.

With Onda-san, I also talked a lot about Cadenza of “Haru to Shura (Spring and Shura)” by Dai Fujikura. I heard that writers interview a lot when they write. She wrote every approach about music, atmosphere of back stage amazing. It’s a depiction that you don’t know if you’re not playing. I was really surprised.




・I think that choice Bartok Concerto No. 3 in the final selection is very Kazama.

Bartok is a composer who has incorporated mathematics into his composition techniques and the construction is really beautiful. He analyzed mathematically the enumeration of sounds from the number of bars.




・It is said that the golden section and Fibonacci sequence are incorporated.

The music is great, and the composing process is amazing. I recorded 2nd &3rd movements of Concerto No.3. I got an offer when I went to Verbier festival and I remember that I practiced so much for a few weeks.







・Last question, what kind of pianist do you want to be in the future?

That’s a difficult question. It’s really a common answer, but I always say I want to be a performer who is memorable to people around the world. But everyone wants to be that way. So, I want to live as an artist. I like art and architecture too.

I also want to die during the performance (laughs). For example, Samson Francois suffered from myocardial infarction in his later years. He died at the age of 46. He collapsed on the recording day 2 of Debussy’s prelude collection Vol. 2. Flipped through while playing.





・Francois was also an old type of artist. He loved alcohol and tobacco.

There are many pianists who died from myocardial infarction. Michelangeli fell while playing once on stage. Backhouse too. It’s my dream to be a musician until I die. Hahahaha (laughs).

I want to die when I play Diabelli. Diabelli and Goldberg variations I want to try later. I want to die around 18th variations of Diabelli. Hahaha (laughs). I want to join the legend (laughs).




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