Taichi Fukumura

Taichi Fukumura is a rising Japanese-American conductor acclaimed for his dynamic stage presence and musical finesse. Currently serving as the Assistant Conductor of the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra appointed by Music Director Robert Spano, Fukumura is a two-time recipient of the Solti Foundation U.S. Career Assistance Award in 2021 and 2022.

Recent and upcoming highlights include the invitation to conduct the Bamberg Symphony at the Mahler Competition 2023 and the Hong Kong Sinfonietta at the Hong Kong International Conducting Competition 2023. Last season, Fukumura was invited by the Berlin Philharmonic last season as one of 10 assistant conductor candidates for Kirill Petrenko, and made his international guest conducting debut with the Orquesta de Cámara de Bellas Artes in Mexico City. He previously served as the Assistant Conductor of the Chicago Sinfonietta appointed by Music Director Mei-Ann Chen, and guest assisted the Houston Symphony, the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, and the Chicago Philharmonic.

Past engagements include guest conducting members of the Boston Symphony Orchestra in their Community Chamber Concert series, leading Stravinsky L’Histoire du Soldat. Equally adept in opera conducting, Fukumura conducted full productions of Britten's Turn of the Screw and Mozart Don Giovanni at the Northwestern University Opera Theatre and led rehearsals of Puccini La Boheme with the Boston Youth Symphony Orchestras, the only youth orchestra in the country to present annual opera productions.

Born in Tokyo, 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, studying with Peter Zazofsky. Fukumura received both his Doctoral and Masters degrees in orchestral conducting from Northwestern University, studying with Victor Yampolsky. Additional conducting studies include Aspen Music Festival and Pierre Monteux School and Festival.


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Friday, October 20, 2023 @ 7:30 PM
UIS Performing Arts Center, Springfield, IL
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ISU Center for the Performing Arts, Normal, IL
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