京都出身。東京芸術大学音楽学部作曲科卒、同大学院修了。86年、日本音楽コンクール作曲部門第1位。92年、日米芸術交流プログラムの助成を受け、ニューヨークに滞在。95年、 「思いだす ひとびとのしぐさを」が尾高賞受賞。96年、モノローグオペラ「蝋の女」が評価され 中島健蔵音楽賞。97年、京都大学創立百周年記念式典曲「輝を垂れて千春を映さんとす」、同年地球温暖化防止政策・京都会議に関連し「京都・山河の響き」初演。 98年、ダンスとのコラボレーション“In Their Shoes”をニューヨークで初演。 オーケストラ・アンサンブル金沢の第9代コンポーザー・イン・レジデンス。2000年、「 ギター協奏曲第2番 "恋すてふ" 」が二度めの尾高賞。01年、日本音楽コンクール70周年記念委嘱作「ピアノ協奏曲第1番 "一月の思い出"」、 06年、武蔵野市国際オルガンコンクール委嘱作「オルガン協奏曲 "フラ・アンジェリコの墓にて"」を、東京交響楽団定期演奏会にて初演。04年、ローマ国際ギター・フェスティバルにて「藤家溪子ギター作品の夕」。作品集CD「家」「青い花」「彼女らの美しき生活」「かさね」、エッセイ集「小鳥の歌のように、捉えがたいヴォカリーズ」出版。


Keiko Fujiie, born in 1963 in Kyoto, is one of the most frequently performed and award-winning composers in Japan. After graduating at the Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music, she completed her postgraduate studies at the same institution. She is among the very few Japanese composers to have twice won the coveted Otaka Prize awarded by the NHK Symphony Orchestra for the previous year's outstanding composition; in 1995 for Beber for orchestra and in 2000 for Guitar Concerto No.2 "Koisucho".  She has composed a number of pieces for guitar, many of them for the distinguished Japanese guitarist (also her husband) Kazuhito YAMASHITA.

Fujiie was presented with the Kenzo Nakajima Award in 1996 for her monologue opera Nina de Cera. Support from the Asian Cultural Council resulted in a residency in New York for several months in 1992-93, where she returned in 1998 to premiere In Their Shoes, a music and dance collaboration. From 1998-1999 she served as composer-in-residence for Orchestra Ensemble Kanazawa. Her commissions include Academic Festival Overture for the hundredth anniversary of Kyoto University, the double concerto Kyoto: Reverberation for the Kyoto Protocol Treaty in 1997 and Piano Concerto No.1“Memories of January” composed for the seventieth anniversary of the Japan Music Competition in 2001. Fujiie was asked to write the compulsory piece for participants in the Fifth Musashino-Tokyo International Organ Competition of 2004 and At the Tomb of Fra Angelico for Organ and Orchestra (also a commission) was composed to be performed by the winner of this same competition in 2006.  Her Guitar Concerto No.3 “Autumn Reverie” was premiered in Seoul, 2011.

Since 2004, a major focus for Fujiie has been organizing the guitar quintet "Kazuhito Yamashita Family Quintet", for whom she also composes. "KASANE" is their main repertoire and typifies the music of a bygone era. This quintet looks to the risorgimento of the quintessential and older musical traditions of both Europe and Japan when such music was known and valued, and whose echoes can still be heard in the classic Japanese 11th century novel "The Tale of Genji." In this piece, four guitars, multi-layering with shifting tonal colors, represent the various plucked stringed instruments of old Japan. Recent repertoire especially written for the quintet includes “A Cantastoria of One Thousand and One Nights” for five guitars, "Suicho-Tsushimanoraku" for three guitars, vocals and stones, and "Morokoshi ni tsukawasu tsukai no fune Naniwa yori izuru toki haha ga ko ni okureru uta" for vocal, 5 guitars and Japanese Bugaku dance. This last piece accords to the poetry sung by the mother of one of the members of a ship used on a Japanese mission to Tang dynasty China which departed in the year 733 AD. She composed this poetry on seeing her son off at Naniwa port, calling to a skein of cranes in the sky to ask to warm the traveler whenever there was a layer of frost on the field.

Fujiie has made 3 CDs with the "Kazuhito Yamashita Family Quintet" and has been invited along with them to many music festivals such as the Rome International Guitar Festival in 2004, the Cordoba Guitar Festival in 2007 and 2011, the Open Guitar Festival 2011 in the Czech Republic and so on. Keiko also composes for orchestra and choir and has also written chamber music and opera. One area of interest is the ancient court music in Japan, "Gagaku" which she researches, also composing for this instrumental ensemble.

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