Akiko Fujimoto - Music Director
Conductor Akiko Fujimoto is known for evoking dynamic performances through her expressive and sincere leadership style. Fujimoto is currently in her fourth season as Music Director of the Mid-Texas Symphony serving New Braunfels, the second fastest growing city in the United States. She has held titled conducting positions with three important American orchestras – Minnesota Orchestra, San Antonio Symphony, and Virginia Symphony – as well as conducted numerous orchestras across the U.S. including the San Francisco Symphony, National Symphony, Houston Symphony, North Carolina Symphony, Florida Orchestra, Vermont Symphony, and Arkansas Symphony among others.
In the 2022/23 season, Fujimoto makes her debut with the Hawai’i Symphony Orchestra, returns to lead the Arkansas Symphony, and conducts the Mid-Texas Symphony as Music Director in six concerts.
As Associate Conductor at the Minnesota Orchestra, Fujimoto worked closely with Music Director Osmo Vänskä. She also worked with Esa-Pekka Salonen, Zubin Mehta, and Susanna Mälkki as a cover conductor at the Los Angeles Philharmonic. As Conducting Associate of the Virginia Symphony, Fujimoto worked alongside JoAnn Falletta. She also held the title of Associate Conductor at the San Antonio Symphony.
Fujimoto began her career conducting at Harvard University and Stanford University and served as the Director of Orchestras at the College of William & Mary and Music Director of the Williamsburg Youth Orchestras.
Born in Japan, Fujimoto holds a bachelor’s degree in music and psychology from Stanford University and Master of Music degrees in conducting from Boston University and the Eastman School of Music.
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