Mai Fukui

Mai Fukui

Photo: Mai FukuiJapanese harpist, Mai Fukui has been raised in Sweden and has studied at the Paris Conservatory (CNSMDP) with Isabelle Moretti. She has received her Diploma of Superior Formation and on a scholarship from Rohm Music Foundation she received Master’s Degree with Unanimous Highest Honor and Special Prize from the jury.

Mai Fukui's debut CD, “Bijoux de la Harpe” has been chosen as the “CD of the Highest Honor” and “Recording Award” from the Record Geijutsu Magazine (Aug, 2014), the most prestigious CD critic magazine in Japan.

She has been awarded “Aoyama Music Award for New Talent” in 2012 from Kyoto Aoyama Music Foundation.

Winner of many competitions including 1st Prize and Special Prize at Osaka International Music Competition (junior-high school division), 3rd Prize at Nippon Harp Competition (advanced division), 1st Prize and Europe Concert Tour Prize at the International Harp Competition of Cité des Arts in Paris. She is also a prizewinner of the USA International Harp Competition. Most recently, she won 3rd Prize and Mario Falcao Prize at the prestigious Israel International Harp Contest. As a soloist, she performed with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Nir Kabaretti at the Final Stage of the competition.

Since 2012, Mai has been invited to play at festivals as well as at many recitals, chamber music concerts (most recently with Gérard Poulet (vn) Sung-Won Yang (vc) and with ensemble, “Les Bagatelles”) as well as concerto performances. In 2014, she gave solo recitals in Tokyo and in Osaka for the release of her first album, “Bijoux de la Harpe” (from Samon Promotion).

She has been invited to play at the Paris National Opera for Wagner’s Rheingold directed by Philippe Jordan (2010), at Bordeaux-Aquitaine National Orchestra conducted by Alain Altinoglu (2011), and at Saito-Kinen Festival Orchestra conducted by Seiji Ozawa (2011).

She has studied with Masayo Matsuo, Atsuko Yoshino, Susann McDonald, Germaine Lorenzini. With Isabelle Moretti, Geneviève Létang and chamber music with Michel Moragues at the Paris Conservatory.

Currently she is a visiting professor at the Amiens Conservatoire of Music in France.

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