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Japanese-American conductor Taichi Fukumura is Paul Freeman Conducting Fellow with the Chicago Sinfonietta. Now in his second season with the orchestra, he works closely with Music Director Mei-Ann Chen and receives further mentorship from other leaders in the field. Additionally, he is the Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of the Northwestern Medical Orchestra, Director of Orchestras at Merit School of Music, founding Music Director of the Accompanietta Orchestra, and cover conductor for the Chicago Philharmonic.

Equally adept in opera conducting, Fukumura led 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. He has previously served as a staff conductor at Boston Youth Symphony Orchestras whose premiere orchestra annually performs a complete opera, and has led rehearsals of Puccini’s La Boheme.

Fukumura grew up in Boston and studied violin with Peter Zazofsky at Boston University where he received his Bachelor of Music. He began conducting at the age of 16, and proceeded to found the Accompanietta Orchestra during college. His highly acclaimed work with Accompanietta led to an invitation to conduct Stravinsky’s l’Histoire du Soldat with members of the Boston Symphony Orchestra in their Community Chamber Concerts. He also served as the Assistant Conductor of the Boston Civic Symphony where he was recognized for his ability to “create a sumptuous sound world” (Boston Music Intelligencer). He was named Associate Conductor in the following season and led the orchestra in 13 performances. 

Fukumura received his Master of Music in orchestral conducting at Northwestern University, where he continues to study with Victor Yampolsky in completing his doctoral degree. He also studied at the Pierre Monteux School and Festival, and was an Emerging Conductor Fellow of the Peninsula Music Festival.

Updated Nov 19, 2020

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