Associate Conductor Akiko Fujimoto

Akiko Fujimoto - photo credit: Liz Garza Williams

Akiko Fujimoto – photo credit: Liz Garza Williams

Akiko Fujimoto is the Associate Conductor of the San Antonio Symphony, where she conducts over 40 concerts annually including classical, baroque, ballet, pops, and education concerts and leads pre-concert lectures for the Classics series.  Previously, Fujimoto was the Conducting Associate for the Virginia Symphony Orchestra where she made her debut on their Classics series conducting the world premiere of Behzad Ranjbaran’s Double Concerto for Violin, Viola and Orchestra.

A passionate advocate for young musicians, Fujimoto has served as the music director of orchestras at Harvard University, Stanford University and the College of William & Mary.  She was also the Music Director of the Williamsburg Youth Orchestras in Virginia.

Outside of the U.S., Fujimoto conducted the National Arts Center Orchestra in Canada as part of their Young Conductors Programme, as well as the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra as part of St. Magnus Festival’s Orkney Conducting Institute.  She also recently attended the Conductors Lab® in France and conducted members of the Berlin Philharmonic.

Born in Japan, Fujimoto graduated from Stanford University with a Bachelor of Arts in Music and Psychology and holds graduate degrees in conducting from the Boston University and the Eastman School of Music.