Taichi Fukumura, emerging conductor
Taichi Fukumura is the Assistant Conductor of the Northwestern University Contemporary Music Ensemble and Founding Music Director of Accompanietta. In June, he will complete his Master of Music in orchestral conducting at Northwestern University, studying with Victor Yampolsky.
As conductor of the project-based orchestra called Accompanietta, Fukumura has led public concerts and outreach projects since 2010. They performed a flash mob concert at Boston Medical Center on the first anniversary of the marathon bombings, featured by CBS Boston. As part of their mission, Accompanietta has featured and collaborated with up-and-coming soloists of various instruments. Fukumura has led the orchestra in a performance of Mahler Symphony No. 1, attracting the largest public audience for a student conductor in Northwestern history.
During his time as Associate Conductor of the Boston Civic Symphony, Fukumura was noted by critics of the Music Intelligencer for the ability to “create a sumptuous sound world. …The broad unanimity of the plentiful strings and the unleashed horns and brass gave an old-fashioned quality to the play as excellently shaped by Fukumura”. Fukumura has led the orchestra on works such as Berlioz Symphonie Fantastique, Wagner Dawn and Siegfried’s Rhine Journey, and Enescu Romanian Rhapsody No. 1.
As guest conductor, Fukumura led members of the Boston Symphony in the BSO community chamber concert series. He has also served as assistant conductor for the Boston Youth Symphony Orchestras.
Taichi studied with Peter Zazofsky for his Bachelor in Violin Performance at Boston University. He was a winner of the 2011 CFA Bach Competition and graduated BU with a Departmental Honors Award. Along with his mentor, he performed Bach Double Violin Concerto as soloist with the Boston Civic Symphony. In the other end of the spectrum, he has collaborated on the violin with contemporary composers such as Joan Tower and Malcolm Peyton. As assistant conductor at NU CME, he has worked with Steve Reich and Andrew Norman.
For more information, please visit www.taichifukumura.net