New Release – [LIMITED] Fuzjko with Signature by Fuzjko (ONLY 26 Left)

Having wowed much of the Eastern Hemisphere for years, classical pianist Fuzjko Hemming is preparing for her introduction to the United States. Having been born into humble circumstances, child of a Japanese mother and Swedish father, she has felt rootless, too Asian in appearance for Sweden, and in Japan constricted by the society’s stratified and class-oriented way of life. Then, as she was starting to gain traction as a professional musician, her promising career was cut short. – Fuzjko lost all hearing in her left ear after battling a serious cold. At 16, she already lost her hearing in her right ear due to illness. Completely deaf for 2 years, she eventually had 40% of her hearing restored in her left ear.
After living in poverty in Europe for many years before returning to Japan and gaining acclaim for her music – critics hailed her as being “born to play Chopin and Liszt ” In 1999, Japan’s NHK Television aired a documentary of her life and she released her debut album, La Campanella, which sold more than two million copies, a rare accomplishment for any classical artist She also has won an unprecedented four Classical Album of the Year Awards at the Japan Gold Disc Awards, another extraordinary achievement for any artist, let alone a classical artist She remains the only four-time Gold Disc Award winner.
Since that time she has recorded numerous successful albums – invigorating collections of classical interpretations, five of which are being released for the first time in the U.S. on her label Domo Records: Echoes of Eternity, La Campanella, Liszt: Piano Concerto No. 1, Nocturnes of Melancholy, Live at Carnegie Hall.
On the new album, Fuzjko, the artist performs largely romantic repertoire ranging from Beethoven’s “The Tempest” sonata to works by Chopin, Liszt, Scarlatti and Debussy. In each piece, whether performing Chopin’s Nocturnes or Liszt’s bravura pieces “La Campanella” and “Grand Etudes D’Apres Paganini No. 6”, Fuzjko infuses poetry to these timeless compositions, and always in her own eminently attractive style. The warmth of Fuzjko’s sound can also be heard in Scarlatti’s Sonata K.162 and Debussy’s “Claire De Lune”. Although much of the repertoire is familiar, Fuzjko also dips into lesser known works like Liszt’s transcription of Schumann’s “Fruhlinghsnacht”, and Chopin’s “Trois Nouvelles Etudes No.3, and always played with her celebrated musicality much in evidence.
The celebrated virtuoso blends the classicality of her influences such as Franz Liszt, Frédéric Chopin with the sophisticated approach of her mentors (Leonard Bernstein, Herbert von Karajan) to create an emotional delivery of exquisite craftsmanship. She’s been known to bring some fans to tears with her moving immersion in her music.
Fuzjko is also a gifted painter. She took an interest in painting and drawing at the same time she was learning to play piano; both her father and her mother’s sister were painters. While on location in Europe, Fuzjko can usually be found painting in between tour stops. She made her art debut in Ginza, Japan in the early 2000s. The Embassy of Sweden also showcased her portraits in May 2003. More recently, Fuzjko’s 20-piece copperplate exhibition was on display in Paris throughout February and March 2009. Her delicate water-color display marks the cover of Fuzjko.
With her strikingly unorthodox playing style and intricate ethnic roots, it’s evident that Fuzjko’s true home is at the piano, where she reveals herself as a true artist of the world.
Track List
01. Ludwigvan Beethoven – Piano Sonata No.17 in D Minor, Op.3I-2, III. Allegretto, “The Tempest”
02. Frederic Chopin – Nocturne in B Flat Minor, Op.9-I
03. Franz Liszt – La Campanella (Grandes Etudes de Paganini, No.3 in G Sharp Minor), S.I4I-3
04. Franz Liszt – Fruhlingsnacht (Schumann Transcription), S.568
05. Franz Liszt – Theme And Variations (Grandes Etudes de Paganini, No.6 in A Minor), S.I4I-6
06. Frederic Chopin – Etude in A Flat Major, Op.25-I, “Aeolian Harp”
07. Frederic Chopin – Waltz in E Flat Major, Op.I8-I, “Grandes Valse Brillante”
08. Franz Liszt – Liebestraume (Three Nocturnes for Piano, No.3, in A Flat Major), S.54I-3
09. Domenico Scarlatti – Sonata in E Major, Kk.380, Andante Comodo
10. Frederic Chopin – Trois Nouvelles Etudes, No.I in F Minor, Andantino
11. Frederic Chopin – Nocturne in E Flat Major, Op.9-2
12. Claude Debussy – Suite Bergamasque, III. Clair De Lune

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