St. James Concert Series


Natsuki Fukasawa


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Steinway Artist Natsuki Fukasawa's music career has taken her throughout U.S. cities as well as to Europe, Scandinavia, Israel, Australia, Brazil, Japan and China, performing at such venues as Carnegie Hall and Copenhagen's Tivoli Concert Hall. Fukasawa has won many accolades and international prizes, including a rave review in Fanfare magazine and the Best Chamber Music Recording of the Year from the Danish Music Awards. In 2012, Fukasawa was added to the distinguished roster of International Steinway Artists.

Fukasawa's recent highlights include a tour of Italy performing Gershwin's Concerto in F as well as performances of Beethoven's Third Piano Concerto with the Sacramento Philharmonic and Rachmaninoff Second Piano Concerto with the Camellia Symphony, both in California. She has also traveled recently to Ukraine, Italy, and Hong Kong for research, performances, and adjudicating. She is the pianist for the soundtrack of recently released film We Had To Go – Remembering Internment, and three compact discs, Year in Prague, Voices from Easter Europe and Vocalise which were released in 2013.

Fukasawa serves on the artist faculty of the Orfeo Music Festival in the Italian Alps, Talis Festival and Academy in Switzerland, and the Calcap Chamber Music Workshop in Sacramento. She has taught at California State University Sacramento, Saint Mary's College of Moraga, and the University of the Pacific. She also enjoys nurturing young talents in her own private studio. She began studying piano early with her mother Takako Fukasawa and her main teachers were Fumiko Ishikawa, Mark Richman, Martin Canin, Jan Panenka, Anne Koscielny, Ferenc Rados, and violist Tim Frederiksen. She studied at the Prague Academy of Music as a Fulbright Scholarship recipient and received a Performer's Certificate Degree. She also earned her degrees from New York's Juilliard School and University of Maryland.

Natsuki Fukasawa has recorded for the Classico and Da Capo labels and her career is noted in the World of Women in Classical Music and Who's Who in America.