Japanese tenor Yusuke Fujii has established himself as one of the leading tenors in oratorio repertoire in Japan, and is rapidly expanding his international career, especially through a decade-long relationship with Bach Collegium Japan—one of the most celebrated period instrument ensembles worldwide.
Born and raised in Oita, Japan, Yusuke began his voice training at the age of 14 with Kanako Togawa, and earned his doctorate from Tokyo University of the Arts in 2011, studying along the way with recognized teachers such as Kazuya Edagawa, Kan-ichi Suzuki, Chieko Teratani, Olga Warla-Kolo, Makoto Okuda, and Brian Parsons.
The cornerstone of his career has been sacred vocal works that require stylistic sensitivity and extensive knowledge in performance practice; however, his repertoire is not limited to early music. He frequently performs oratorio and passion works such as J.S. Bach’s Christmas Oratorio and Passions, Handel’s Messiah, Haydn’s The Creation, Mozart’s Requiem, and Dvorak’s Stabat Mater. His recent solo works also include Schumann’s oratorio The Pilgrimage of the Rose and Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony. He has collaborated with conductors Kotaro Sato, Kenichiro Kobayashi, Jun-ichi Hirokami, and Rolf Beck, and with orchestras such as Japan Philharmonic Orchestra, Kanagawa Philharmonic Orchestra and Orchestra Ensemble Kanazawa.
His reputation as a professional vocalist, with solid technique and a clear voice, has kept him busy with numerous recording projects and international tours with Bach Collegium Japan (BCJ), directed by Masaaki Suzuki, the foremost Bach expert of our time. His solo appearances with BCJ include Handel’s Israel in Egypt (2007) and Mendelssohn’s St. Paul (2012) oratorio productions.
Mr. Fujii has also explored operatic roles and recitals. His recent opera appearances include the role of Luciano in Monteverdi’s L’incoronazione di Poppea (the New National Theater production, 2009). Giving two solo recitals in 2013, he continues to strive for informed, insightful and sentimental performances of art song. His current research interest is the Lieder by Schumann.