name of "Shingo Fujii" has come to be known not
only as one of leading classical guitarists of Japan but also
as a musical composer just after publication of "Passacaglia
(concertino for solo violin and solo guitar with guitar ensemble)"
in 2005. It was performed in Salzburg, Paris, Shanghai, and
of course in many cities of Japan in a year. Another concerto
"Concierto de los Angeles", composed for famous
American guitarst William Kanengiser, was premiered in Kyoto
and Fukuoka in July 2006, and its first performance in USA
was given only 4 month later by Yale University students in
NY. "Danse d'Azur" is now becoming a standard repertoire
for two guitars.
Fujii was born in Kamiiso (Japan) in 1954. He began to study
the guitar by himself at the age of ten, and then under the
direction of Ichiro Okamoto. After graduating from Kyoto University
he went to Spain to study under the late Joseluis Gonzalez,
late Jose Tomas and David Russell. Shingo won 1st prize in
the "Young Guitarist Competition (Osaka)" in 1978,
and obtained the diploma of the Royal College of Music, London
(A.R.C.M.) and won the "Luis-Coleman Prize" in the
"Luis Coleman Competition (Santiago de Compostella)"
Fujii's activity started both as a classical guitarist and
a lute player of "DACERIES", an early music group
of Japan (1979 - 1994). Shingo has taught Guitar and Guitar
Ensemble at the Osaka College of Music from 1986 to 2000.
Shingo has been invited and musical director at the "Guitar
Summer Course in Kyusyu" since 1998. He is a Guest teacher
in FORESTHILL MUSIC ACADEMY (Fukuoka), and a chief jury of
Kyusyu Guitar Music Competition since 2006.
wrote a series of articles for "a guitar course based
on L. Brouwer's Studies (two years)", "new studies
after F.Sor's Studies (for a year)" and "new repertoire
after Japanese popular songs (for a year)" for the monthly
magazine; Gendai Guitar.
Shingo now gives numerous concerts throughout
Japan, is invited to a number of music festivals. Especially
his recital "Toru Takemitsu and his music for guitar"
with Kiyoshi Shomura in Kyoto 2005, was highly praised for
their performance and Shingos' successful arrangements for
guitar duo from Takmitsu's Mixed Chorus music.
The latest composition by Shingo is “Quattro Ritornelli” for guitar ensemble, commissioned by Guitar Ensemble Association Japan (2011), “Variations on Catalan folksong” for guitar ensemble, commissioned by Senzoku Gakuen College of Music (2011), and “SHIKI” for guitar quartet with guitar orchestra was commissioned by LAGQ (Grammy awarded guitar quartet from Los Angeles), premiered in 4 cities and guitar festivals in USA (2012).
Shingo has taught Guitar and Guitar Ensemble at the Osaka College of Music (from 1986 to 2000), and in Senzoku Gakuen College of Music (from 2010 to 2012), and is a Guest professor of Shanghai Conservatory of Music.