Biography

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Akiko Fujimoto is increasingly recognized as one of the most dynamic and versatile conductors of her generation.  As the Associate Conductor of the San Antonio Symphony, Fujimoto has conducted classical, pops, education and baroque concerts as well as ballet.  Recent highlights include the spring gala featuring violinist Gil Shaham in the Brahms Violin Concerto, a debut on the Classics series with an all-French program, and productions of Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet and Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake and the Nutcracker by Ballet San Antonio.  In addition, Fujimoto assists Music Director Sebastian Lang-Lessing and hosts “Classical Conversations,” pre-concert lectures for the Classics Series. 

As a guest conductor, Fujimoto has performed with the Houston Symphony, Corpus Christi Symphony Orchestra, Round Rock Symphony Orchestra and the Fort Wayne Philharmonic.   Additionally, she has conducted Canada’s National Arts Centre Orchestra as a participant in the Young Conductors Programme and the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra at the St. Magnus Festival.  Prior to arriving in Texas, Fujimoto served as the Conducting Associate for the Virginia Symphony Orchestra.  

Fujimoto has extensive experiences working with young musicians, starting at Harvard University where she directed the Mozart Society Orchestra and at Stanford University, with her leadership of the Stanford Symphony Orchestra.  In Virginia, she held the positions of the Director of Orchestras at the College of William & Mary and Music Director of the Williamsburg Youth Orchestras.

Born in Japan, Fujimoto moved to the United States at age 14 and went on to Stanford University where she studied music and psychology.  She holds Masters of Music in conducting from Boston University and the Eastman School of Music.