Dai Fujikura was born in Osaka, Japan, in 1977. Since coming to London at the age of 15, he has studied at Trinity College of Music with Daryl Runswick, the Royal College of Music with Edwin Roxburgh, supported by the PRS, and King's College London with George Benjamin.

Fujikura gained international recognition by winning a number of prestigious prizes: First Prize in the Serocki International Composers'Competition (1998); the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival Young Composers'Award (1998); the Royal Philharmonic Society's Composition Prize (2004); Internationaler Wiener Composition Prize (the Claudio Abbado Composition Award) (2005); the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival's Paul Hindemith Prize (2007) and, most recently, Special Prize from the Giga-Hertz-Award 2008.

In 2005, Vast Ocean for trombone, orchestra and live electronics was performed in the Donaueschingen Music Days festival, conducted by Peter Eötvös. In the same year, Stream State was commissioned and performed in Lucerne Festival, conducted by Pierre Boulez. This work immediately had further performances in Germany, Austria, Italy and Japan during 2006. Fujikura made his BBC Proms debut with Crushing Twister (2006), a BBC commission for the BBC Concert Orchestra conducted by Charles Hazlewood.

Many of the world's leading contemporary ensembles and orchestras have commissioned and performed Fujikura's works including Ensemble Modern, The Asko/Schönberg Ensemble, London Sinfonietta, Nieuw Ensemble, Ensemble Recherche, Klangforum Wien, OKEANOS, Ensemble Intercontemporain, I.C.E., BIT20, Vienna Radio Orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra, The Philharmonia, New Japan Philharmonic, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra.

In 2008 April, one of Fujikura's largest works to date, I am... for mezzo soprano and large ensemble was premiered by Ensemble Intercontemporain and Lore Lixenberg, conducted by Susanna Mälkki in Cite de la Musique. In the autumn of that year Japanese ensemble Art Respirant gave the World premiere of secret forest.

Future projects include a string quartet for the Arditti Quartet, a recorder concerto for Jeremias Schwarzer, a double bass concerto for the London Sinfonietta, a solo piano work for Sunwook Kim (BBC commission), a work for solo viola and electronics with IRCAM, and projects with David Sylvian.

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Milena Mihaylova