Performing on Sankyo Flutes Since 2015
Sankyo 14k Gold Flute
"My Sankyo flute made me fall in love with the flute all over again. I feel more connected than ever to the music and to myself, and it pushes me to always be musically curious and explore new possibilities. I am certain that this is the flute that will continue to inspire me and I cannot be more excited to grow together for years to come!"
Born in Tokyo and currently residing in New York, Kaori Fujii has emerged as one of the leading imaginative and creative flutists ever to come out of the classical music world. From baroque to contemporary, it’s Kaori's distinctive sound and intensity of feeling that captivates concert audiences and CD-listeners alike.
She has released a total of 8 albums, including “Garota de Ipanema”, which was pre-nominated for the Grammy Awards and the Latin Grammy Awards (LARAS) under 8 categories. Kaori has performed with such renowned artists as Ennio Morricone (Composer / Conductor), Justus Frantz (Conductor), Albrecht Mayer (Oboist), Phillip Moll (Pianist), Stanislav Bunin (Pianist), Vienna Piano Quartet, Sinfonia Varsovia, Tokyo Symphony Orchestra, and Suk Chamber Music Orchestra, to name only a few.
In addition, she has graced the stage of leading concert halls, such as The John F. Kennedy Center (Washington D.C. – USA), Carnegie Hall (New York – USA), Alte Oper Frankfurt (Frankfurt – Germany), Liederhalle (Stuttgart – Germany), Teresa Carreno Theater (Caracas – Venezuela), Suntory Hall (Tokyo – Japan), and Tokyo Opera City Concert Hall (Tokyo – Japan).
Kaori took the first prize in the 7th Japan Woodwind Competition, in the 14th Japan Wind and Percussion Competition, and in the 67th Music Competition of Japan. She was the youngest winner in the history of these competitions. Kaori was also awarded the second prize in the 44th International Competition Maria Canals de Barcelona in Spain, and in the 10th International Flute Competition Friedrich Kuhlau in Germany.
A graduate of the Tokyo University of the Arts, and of the soloist class of the University of Music and Performing Arts Stuttgart, Kaori has studied extensively with Jean-Claude Gerard, Paul Meisen, Jeannie Baxtresser, Aurele Nicolet, Wolfgang Schulz, Sir James Galway and Akiko Mikami.
In 2014, Kaori has founded Music Beyond, Inc. – a nonprofit organization that trains musicians to become music teachers in developing countries. Currently, she frequently visits the Democratic Republic of the Congo in Central Africa to teach existing classical musicians.