Akiko Fujimoto - Music Director
Akiko Fujimoto was named Music Director of the Mid-Texas Symphony in May 2019. Fujimoto has electrified audiences throughout North America and has guest conducted the National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center, Florida Orchestra, North Carolina Symphony, Houston Symphony, San Antonio Symphony, Fort Wayne Philharmonic, Lexington Philharmonic and the Corpus Christi Symphony. Fujimoto has also conducted the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra at St. Magnus Festival and Canada’s National Arts Centre Orchestra as a participant in the Young Conductors Programme. Upcoming highlights include engagements with the San Francisco Symphony, Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Vermont Symphony, Virginia Symphony and the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra.
At the Minnesota Orchestra, Fujimoto was appointed Assistant Conductor for the 2017-18 season and promoted to Associate Conductor for the following two seasons. During the 2017-2020 seasons, Fujimoto also served as cover conductor at the Los Angeles Philharmonic for Esa-Pekka Salonen, Zubin Mehta and Susanna Mälkki. Prior to arriving in Minnesota, she was Assistant then Associate Conductor of the San Antonio Symphony and Conducting Associate for the Virginia Symphony. A passionate advocate for young musicians, Fujimoto has held conducting appointments 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, 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.