Dr Kenji Fujimura is an experienced pedagogue with almost thirty years of teaching experience, ranging from graded exams and VCE/HSC to PhD. He has also supervised many performance research dissertations at the Master's and doctoral level, including candidates on piano, violin, viola, cello, double bass, clarinet, percussion, french horn etc. He also maintains a very limited private piano studio.
Kenji's students have had tremendous success in examinations (AMEB, ABRSM, Trinity), radio broadcasts (3MBS-FM), VCE studies (including receiving perfect scores) and at many eisteddfods and competitions in Australia and abroad.
Kenji continues to have an active schedule as an adjudicator of competitions and as a consultant/advisor, and gives many workshops and masterclasses every year. He is also an examiner for the Australian Music Examinations Board (AMEB).
Kenji is an internationally-acclaimed pianist and chamber musician. Recent CDs include: Trio Anima Mundi – Romantic Piano Trios (2013 Musicweb International Recording of the Year), Complete Violin Sonatas of George Frederick Pinto, and The Messiaen Nexus (2014 Limelight Chamber Music Recording of the Year) with violinist Elizabeth Sellars; William Hurlstone Complete Piano Music (Musicweb International Recording of the Month, May 2015; Fanfare USA Colin Clarke’s 2015 ‘Top 5 Want List’). Upcoming recordings include solo piano music by Theodore Dubois, Ernest Guiraud, Leo Livens and others, as well as piano trios by Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, Cliffe Forrester, Henry Warner, Rosalind Ellicott (Divine Art) and Algernon Ashton (Toccata Classics).
Kenji is also a multi-award-winning composer. His compositions have been performed throughout USA, Romania, Australia, Indonesia, Thailand, Singapore, and Malaysia. Recent prizes include the Singapore Asian Composers Festival award, William Lincer Foundation Award in New York, and the VirtualArtists International Composition Award.
A highly respected pedagogue, Kenji’s tertiary-teaching career began while he was still an undergraduate. Kenji is regularly invited to give masterclasses and adjudicate competitions throughout Europe, North America, Asia and Australasia. Kenji completed his four-year Bachelor of Music degree with Honours in two years at The University of Melbourne, and subsequently pursued postgraduate studies in Melbourne and London, winning prizes and accolades as pianist, fortepianist, and chamber musician. He has over two decades of teaching at the tertiary level, most recently as Deputy Head of School, Coordinator of Classical Performance, and Associate Professor at the Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music, Monash University. He is currently Artistic Director for the International Academy of Musical Arts, Patron of the Association of Eisteddfod Societies of Australia, Founding Member of Trio Anima Mundi, and an examiner for the AMEB. In 2015 he was elected an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music, London, for his ‘significant contribution to the music profession’.