Born in Hokkaido in northern Japan, Fusae started her first piano lessons at the age of four. After receiving prizes at several national piano competitions, she was awarded a bursary to attend Tokyo College of Music, Piano Soloist Course, and graduated there in 1989 as the top student.
She then moved to Düsseldorf in Germany to study privately with Max Martin Stein, a student of Edwin Fischer, where she made her European debut with Beethoven’s G major piano concerto. She took part in the master classes including Mieczyslaw Horszowski, Görgy Kurtág, Bruno Canino and András Schiff. In 1995 and 1996 she was invited to the Pacific Music Festival (established by Leonard Bernstein) in her hometown Sapporo where she collaborated with the principal members of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra. As a soloist , chamber music player and Lied accompanist she gave concerts in Japan, Germany, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Italy and England.
After studying MA in piano and chamber music at Utrecht Conservatory in the Netherlands, she received organist certificate of German Lutheran State Church where she served as a church organist. In 2001 she interrupted her career to pursue Master of Divinity degree at Tyndale Theological Seminary in the Netherlands with a full scholarship, and graduated there in 2004.
Soon after, Fusae moved to England where at Anglia Ruskin University she completed her MA thesis in Pastoral Theology in 2009 which focuses on César Franck’s Prélude, Choral et Fugue. From 2008 to 2010 she was involved in the King’s College, Cambridge “Choir Outreach Project” whose main aim was to encourage singing in state primary schools. As a part of this government-supported project she worked with King’s Choristers visiting local schools, and was also the accompanist of an all-comers choir for boys and girls aged between 7 and 13. During the project five concerts were held in King’s College Chapel. From 2010 - 2012 she taught piano at Perse Saturday Morning Community School before moving to London to work Lieder repertoire as a private pupil of Martin Isepp for whom she performed at his memorial concert in 2012.
After living in Europe for 23 years she returned to Japan in 2012. This inevitably led to a pause in her opportunities to perform. But she used the time creatively as a period for reflection without losing her focus on an eventual resumption of her musical career. The versatility of her repertoire and her passion for music were evident in her comeback recital in Sapporo in June 2018 which she dedicated to the memory of Mieczyslaw Horszowski.
During her time in Cambridge she worshipped at Little St Mary’s. Fusae is a former student of the Centre for Jewish Christian Relations, now the Woolf Institute, and worked for the Jewish Museum in London and the Wiener Library as a volunteer.
The programme includes Haydn Variations in f minor, Hob. XVII:6 Chopin Impromptu in A flat major, Op.29 Polonaise-Fantaisie, Op.61 Schubert Sonata in B flat major, D 960.
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