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© Seiji Okumiya

Dai Fujikura wins 
33rd Music Pen Club Awards, Contemporary Music category!!

藤倉大が2020 年度
第 33 回ミュージック・ペンクラブ音楽賞を受賞!

from Music Pen Club Award judging panel:

“His works, notable for their vivid sound-worlds are performed internationally. Since 2017, he has been Artistic Director of "Born Creative Festival", the festival has become THE place for everyone to experience new music.

In 2020, he premiered several new pieces in response to the global pandemic, alongside two major works. These are the opera "A Dream of Armageddon", depicting the constant threat of totalitarianism, and "Piano Concerto No. 4 - Akiko's Piano", which was inspired by the piano of a young girl killed by the atomic bomb, and which poses an everlasting question to humanity through music.

His "Longing from afar", which can be tele-performed under lockdown, was played by many musicians all over the world.

His work is commended, both for his artistic achievements and for symbolizing the year 2020.”


響きへの鋭敏なセンスが生むその作品は世界各国で演奏されている。 2017 年から芸術監督をつとめるボンクリ・フェスも、新しい音楽に 触れる場となっている。さらに 2020 年には、パンデミックの世界を 考えさせる新作が続けて初演された。全体主義の脅威を描くオペラ 「アルマゲドンの夢」、原爆の犠牲となった女性の遺品のピアノにイ ンスパイアされた「ピアノ協奏曲第 4 番『Akiko's Piano』」は、永劫 不変の人類の課題を、音楽を通じて問うものだった。また「Longing from aftar」はロックダウンの状況下、テレワークで合奏できる曲として作られ、多数の音楽家が演奏した。これまでの実績、また 2020 年という年の象徴という意味におい ても、その活動は称賛に値するものである。(山崎浩太郎)

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オペラ「アルマゲドンの夢」Opera "A Dream of Armageddon"

Akiko's Piano (Cadenza) カデンツァ「Akiko's Diary」:

Longing from afar (Gagaku version):

Born Creative Festival ボンクリフェス:

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Music Pen Club Award

The Music Pen Club Japan was set up in 1966 by 40 members in order to protect the rights of the writings of music critics and journalists in Japan. The name of the organization then was The Music Writers Association, consisting of the members in the classical & popular music fields, and audio specialists.
This organization is the sole organization in Japan to be set up by music critics and journalists. We have held to enhance our music culture with our writings as our prior goal.

In recent years, our activities have expanded to general cultural activities too. There are various types of members now, such as songwriters, literature critics, DJs, music scholars, music producers, and many other personnel involved with writings on music.
In 1994, we changed our name from The Music Writers Association to The Music Pen Club Japan. We have approximately 200 members at the present.