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Taichi Fukumura is a rising Japanese-American conductor known for his dynamic stage presence, resulting in a growing international career. Currently Assistant Conductor of the Chicago Sinfonietta, Fukumura is a recipient of the 2021 Solti Foundation U.S. Career Assistance Award.
Recent and upcoming highlights this season include invitations to compete in Berlin Philharmonic’s Siemens Conducting Scholarship Competition in Germany as well as the Ferit Tuzun International Conducting Competition in Turkey. He is newly engaged by the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra as guest cover conductor, and continues to assist the Chicago Philharmonic as cover conductor. He has assisted the Chicago Sinfonietta and Music Director Mei-Ann Chen at the Ravinia Festival 2021, and will conduct the orchestra in a world premiere of Michelle Isaac’s Moshe’s Dream at the Chicago Symphony Center.
Past engagements include performing with members of the Boston Symphony as guest conductor in the BSO’s Community Chamber Concert Series, leading three performances of Stravinsky’s L’Histoire du Soldat. An advocate for new and diverse music as well as standard repertoire, Taichi Fukumura is equally at home on the operatic stage. As Staff Conductor at Boston Youth Symphony Orchestras, the only youth orchestra in the country to present annual opera productions, he led rehearsals of many monumental works including Puccini’s La Boheme. He has led full productions of Britten’s Turn of the Screw as Music Director and conducted Mozart’s Don Giovanni as Assistant Conductor at the Northwestern University Opera Theatre.
Passionate advocate for music education, Fukumura is Director of Orchestras at Merit School of Music where he conducts the top two youth orchestras. As the Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of the Northwestern Medical Orchestra, he has led the ensemble since founding to national acclaim through multiple initiatives, including helping to establish the first national consortium of medical orchestras. Recognized for his contributions in community engagement, Taichi Fukumura has been appointed by the Mayor and City Council to serve on the Evanston Arts Council of Illinois.
Born in Tokyo, Japan, Taichi Fukumura grew up in Boston and began music studies at age three on the violin. Professionally trained on the instrument, he received a Bachelor of Music in violin performance from Boston University (BU) where he studied with Peter Zazofsky and attended Royal College of Music in London as part of BU’s study abroad program. Switching his focus to conducting, Fukumura received his Doctor of Musical Arts in conducting from Northwestern University, where he also completed his Master of Music in conducting. Fukumura served as an Emerging Conductor Fellow of the Peninsula Music Festival, assisting Music Director Victor Yampolsky. Following a season as Assistant Conductor for the Boston Civic Symphony, he was promoted to Associate Conductor, a position created specially for him. Additional conducting studies include the Pierre Monteux School and Festival with Michael Jinbo, and the Hong Kong International Conducting Workshops under Jorma Panula, Christoph Poppen, and Yip Wing-sie. Taichi Fukumura is fluent in English and Japanese.
Updated September, 2021