Clara Haskil is won by 18 year-old from Japan

Clara Haskil is won by 18 year-old from Japan


norman lebrecht

August 26, 2017

His name is Mao Fujita, and it looks like he’s going places.

The jury was chaired by Christian Zacharias.



  • Sue says:

    Asia is the great hope for the future of western art music!! Well done Fujita!!!

  • kundry says:

    analeck krap hammersh..t and all the other names which appear all too often as permanent busy bodies on this blog , here is a piece of advice – shut up finally and get a life !

  • Kundry is certainly one of the most distinguished figures in the opera history. I was totally overwhelmed by this female title role at my first encounter with this opera. It was also my very first live opera experience.

    She is primarily

    1. a double agent ( actually a Bond girl I would say, since “Kundry” is deduced from “Kunde” – news, information, message);
    2. a hysterical whore;
    3. a blasphemer who mocked, despised and rejected the saviour;
    4. a sufferer of chronic burnout syndrome.

    And the highlight of her performance is without doubt in the III. Act, where her only line is “Dienen, dienen …” (Let me serve… serve). She gives a foot massage to a complete idiot* before getting salvaged by this very person, and then just die. I can’t think of any more ridiculous title roles in the opera history at the moment. It clearly shows how R.Wagner thinks about women. But it is hilarious that I never know any “modern women” are having problem with this plot, including our Kundry here.

    * The name “Parsifal” is deduced from the Persian words “fal (pure) + parsi (idiot)”

  • Kundry says:

    Precisely my point – shut up and get a life! Nobody cares about your pretense!

  • I would love to, but please just tell me how?! I can neither afford a foot massage by a whore nor any rescue service by an idiot.

  • Moreover, if you don’t care this clown and are fortunate enough to have a life, why not just live your life and leave this miserable creature alone? We all do care about human rights and free speech, right?

  • Slack Jack says:

    “Mao Fajita” — is that for real? a sort of communist beef taco?

    Given the hundreds of piano competitions going on every year, this win is unfortunately worth about as much as a Zimbabwe dollar. Condolences to the “laureate”.