Appreciated by audiences and musicians alike for his musical sensitivity, warm tone, and noteworthy activities, Kenji Fusé continually expands as an artist. His playing has been called “delectable” and “splendid” in the Times Colonist and he performs frequently on the CBC.
Kenji has given numerous solo premieres including his own Viola Concerto and Hétu’s Viola Concerto, conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin and Alain Trudel, respectively. He recently performed Berlioz’ Harold In Italy in Toronto, and has performed with many acclaimed artists, including Ariel Barnes, Jonathan Crow, and Erika Raum. He has played in the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, and the Toronto Chamber Players, and under some of the world’s greatest conductors, including Pierre Boulez. His innovative string quartet residency at Logan’s Pub caused a sensation – who knows where his next concert will be!
Currently the principal violist of the Victoria Symphony, Kenji has won many awards from the Canada Council, the BC Arts Council, Monday Magazine, the Times Colonist, the Kiwanis Festival and the University of Toronto.
Hometown: Toronto, ON
First season with the VS: 1990/91
Most memorable VS experience: playing my own Viola Concerto with Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducting!
Hobbies and interests: composing, presenting concerts in unusual venues (e.g. Logan’s Tavern), playing guitar, making wine from grapes in my back yard
Favourite things to do around the capital region: kayaking, enjoying nature
Kenji is a founding member of the Island Biodiesel Co-op. He is still involved in its operation.
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