Akimi Fukuhara was born in Osaka, Japan. She made her recital debut at age twelve in Tokyo’s Suntory Hall, and her solo debut with the World Youth Symphony Orchestra at the Interlochen Summer Arts Academy the following year. Ms. Fukuhara studied at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and went on to win the Susan W. Rose Scholarship at the Juilliard School, where she studied with Yoheved Kaplinsky. She has performed in Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center in New York, and at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC. She has also appeared in Italy, France, Korea, and throughout Japan. An avid chamber music player, Ms. Fukuhara has collaborated with cellists Christine Walevska and Fred Sherry, as well as with San Francisco Symphony Concertmaster Alexander Barantschik.