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Sachio Fujioka

Sachio Fujioka was born in Tokyo in 1962 and from the age of 16 studied conducting with both Kenichiro Kobayshi and Akeo Watanabe.  In 1990 he moved to the UK taking up post-graduate studies at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, where he was the first holder of the Sir Charles Groves Conducting Fellowship. Since 2001 he has held the position of Chief Conductor of the Kansai Philharmonic Orchestra in Osaka.

Fujioka was Assistant Conductor of the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra between 1992 and 1995, making his BBC Proms debut with the orchestra conducting Rachmaninov’s Symphonic Dances. Between 1995 and 2000 Sachio Fujioka was Principal Conductor of the Manchester Camerata and conducted many concerts with the Orchestra in the newly-constructed Bridgewater Hall, as well as a highly successful Japanese tour including appearances at Suntory Hall, Tokyo.

Following his very successful debut with the Japan Philharmonic Orchestra at Suntory Hall, Tokyo in May 1995, he was appointed a regular guest conductor and now returns to work with the orchestra on a number of occasions each season. He also works regularly with many other Japanese orchestras including the Yomiuri Nippon Symphony, Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony, Sapporo Symphony and Hiroshima Symphony Orchestras.

Has worked with a number of orchestras in the UK and Europe, including the Hallé Orchestra, Bournemouth Symphony, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Ulster Orchestra, Swedish Chamber Orchestra, Norrköping Symphony, Gavle Symphony, and the Orchestre National du Capitol de Toulouse. Further afield he has appeared as guest conductor with the Moscow Radio Symphony Orchestra and New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, and he is also a regular guest with several Australian orchestras, including the Melbourne Symphony, West Australian Symphony, Tasmanian Symphony and Queensland Orchestras.

Following highly successful productions with the Opera de Oviedo (Spain) of Britten’s Turn of the Screw in the 2006/07 season, (a production that won a Teatro Campoamor Opera Award for Best Production) and Ariadne auf Naxos in 2009/10, Maestro Fujioka has been reinvited to conduct Madama Butterfly in 2014.

Sachio Fujioka has made a number of recordings of music by the distinguished Japanese composer Takashi Yoshimatsu with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra for Chandos Records.

Season  2012/2013

  • Principal Conductor, Kansai Philharmonic Orchestra