Biography

Conductor

AKIKO FUJIMOTO was named Music Director of the Mid-Texas Symphony in May 2019. In performances throughout North America, she has conducted the National Symphony, Florida Orchestra, North Carolina Symphony, Houston Symphony, San Antonio Symphony, Fort Wayne Philharmonic, Lexington Philharmonic, and Corpus Christi Symphony.

Upcoming highlights include debuts with the Vermont and Arkansas symphonies, return engagements with the Virginia Symphony and the Florida Orchestra, and world premieres by Suad Bushnaq and Tania León. These concerts mark her San Francisco Symphony debut.

At the Minnesota Orchestra, Ms. Fujimoto was appointed assistant conductor for the 2017–18 season and promoted to associate conductor for the following two seasons. She previously served as cover conductor at the Los Angeles Philharmonic, associate conductor of the San Antonio Symphony, and conducting associate for the Virginia Symphony. A passionate advocate for young musicians, she has held conducting positions at Harvard University, Stanford University, and the College of William & Mary. While in Virginia, she also served as music director of the Williamsburg Youth Orchestras. Born in Japan, she holds degrees in music and psychology from Stanford University and Master of Music degrees in conducting from Boston University and the Eastman School of Music.