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Taichi Fukumura is a rising Japanese-American conductor known for his dynamic stage presence, resulting in a growing international career. Acclaimed for his musical finesse and passionate interpretations, he is praised by musicians and audiences alike across the United States, Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Bulgaria, Mexico, Hong Kong, and Japan. 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 guest conducting debuts with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra and La Orquesta Cámara de Bellas Artes in Mexico City. Selected by the Berlin Philharmonic as one of 10 Assistant Conductor Candidates for Kirill Petrenko, Fukumura conducted in the Siemens Conductors Scholarship Competition at the Philharmonie Berlin. He was invited by the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra as guest cover conductor, and collaborates with the Chicago Philharmonic as cover conductor. He assisted the Chicago Sinfonietta and Music Director Mei-Ann Chen at the Ravinia Festival 2021, and will be making his Chicago Symphony Center debut this season leading the Sinfonietta in a world premiere of Michelle Isaac’s Moshe’s Dream. In the summer, he will be a Conducting Fellow at the Aspen Music Festival’s Conducting Academy with Robert Spano.
Past engagements include guest conducting in the Boston Symphony’s Community Chamber Concert Series, leading members of the BSO in Stravinsky’s L’Histoire du Soldat. He served as the Emerging Conductor Fellow of the Peninsula Music Festival in Wisconsin, assisting Music Director Victor Yampolsky. Equally at home on the operatic stage, Fukumura conducted full productions of Britten’s Turn of the Screw as Music Director and Mozart’s Don Giovanni as Assistant Conductor at the Northwestern University Opera Theatre. 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.
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 Founding Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of the recently endowed Northwestern Medical Orchestra, he has led the ensemble to national acclaim through multiple initiatives, including contributing to establish the first national consortium of medical orchestras. Recognized for his innovations and dedication to the community, Taichi Fukumura is appointed to the Evanston Arts Council in Illinois, empowering and amplifying other local artists and arts organizations.
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 both his Doctor of Musical Arts and Master of Music degrees from Northwestern University, studying orchestral conducting with Victor Yampolsky. Additional conducting studies include mentorship with Pierre-Michel Durand and the Orchestre Prométhée through the Paris Conducting Workshops hosted by France’s AJMADAC (Association for Young Musicians and the Development of Arts and Culture), the Hong Kong International Conducting Workshops with Jorma Panula, Christoph Poppen, and Yip Wing-sie, and the Pierre Monteux School and Festival with Michael Jinbo. Taichi Fukumura is fluent in English and Japanese.
Updated April 28, 2022