« Her debut CD shows, without doubt, the performance of a harpist who will shoulder the harp world in Japan. » Record Geijutsu Magazine (J. Hamada)
Mai’s debut CD, “Bijoux de la Harpe” was named “CD of the Highest Honour” in the Record Geijutsu Magazine (Aug, 2014), Japan’s most prestigious album review.
She is the winner of « Sakuya Konohana Prize » awarded by the City of Osaka in 2014, as well as the « New Talent Award » from the Kyoto Aoyama Music Foundation in 2012.
Winner of many competitions including:
2001 Osaka International Music Competition, Junior-high school division: 1st Prize and Special Prize
2002 Nippon Harp Competition, Advanced Division: 3rd Prize
2004 Paris International Harp Competition of Cité des Arts: 1st Prize and Europe Concert Tour Prize
2007 USA International Harp Competition: Prizewinner
2012 Israel International Harp Contest: 3rd Prize and Mario Falcao Special Prize.
Since 2012, Mai has been invited to play at festivals and at many recitals, chamber music and concerto performances in Europe and in Japan. As a soloist, she has performed with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, Nara Philharmonic Orchestra, Japan Century Symphony Orchestra, France Caen Orchestra.
As an orchestra member, Mai has been invited to play at the Paris National Opera for Wagner’s Rheingold (2010) and at Seiji Ozawa Matsumoto Festival (2011 and 2015).
She is also often featured in Japanese radio program, FM Osaka and very recently, she was invited to play at the radio recording session, “Recital Nova” of NHK-FM radio program.
Japanese harpist, Mai Fukui grew up in Sweden and studied with Masayo Matsuo, Atsuko Yoshino, Susann McDonald, and Germaine Lorenzini. She studied at the Paris Conservatory (CNSMDP) in the class of Isabelle Moretti. Supported by a scholarship from Rohm Music Foundation (2008-09), Mai received her Master’s Degree with Unanimous Highest Honours and a Special Prize from the Jury in 2010.