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 conducts over 40 performances annually including classical, pops, education and baroque concerts and ballet. In addition, she assists Music Director Sebastian Lang-Lessing and guest conductors and hosts “Classical Conversations,” the pre-concert lectures for the Classics Series.
Highlights in San Antonio during the 2015-2016 season included a debut on the Classics Series conducting an all-French program and Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake with Ballet San Antonio. In the 2016-17 season, she will conduct the spring gala featuring violinist Gil Shaham.
As a guest conductor, Fujimoto has performed with the Houston Symphony, the Round Rock Symphony and the Fort Wayne Philharmonic, and will make her debut with the Corpus Christi Symphony in 2017.
Prior to moving to Texas, Fujimoto was the Conducting Associate for the Virginia Symphony Orchestra, the Director of Orchestras at the College of William & Mary, and the Music Director of the Williamsburg Youth Orchestras. Fujimoto’s extensive experience working with young orchestral musicians began at Harvard University as the Music Director of the Mozart Society Orchestra and continued at Stanford University as the Interim Music Director of the Stanford Symphony Orchestra.
Born in Japan, Fujimoto moved to the United States at age 14 and went on to Stanford University where she earned her Bachelor of Arts in music and psychology. She holds her Master of Music degrees in Orchestral Conducting and Choral Conducting from Boston University School for the Arts and the Eastman School of Music, respectively.