Mari Fukumoto - organ
Mari Fukumoto was born in Tokyo, Japan in 1987. She has graduated from Tokyo University of the Arts with many prizes in 2009. She studied organ with prof. Tsuguo Hirono and associate prof. Yuichiro Shiina, harpsichord with prof. Masaaki Suzuki and associate prof. Naoya Ohtsuka. She also studied non-idiomatic improvisation with Masahiko Satoh and plays musical improvisation as a member of the Alien Networks.
She went to the graduate school and in 2011, she moved to Hamburg, Germany to make an advanced study of early music with prof. Wolfgang Zerer. Thanks to two-year scholarship from DAAD, and scholarship from Otto Stöterau Foundation, she finished her master study of organ of early music at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater Hamburg in 2013 with the best score.
In 2012, Mari Fukumoto won the 1st prize as the first Japanese 1st prizewinner at the 7th International Organ Competition Musashino-Tokyo, Japan, in 2013, Johann Pachelbel Prize (1st prize) at the International Organ Competition of the 62nd International Organ week in Nuremberg, Germany and in 2014, two 1st prizes: in the 4th International Competition Daniel Herz in Brixen and in the 3rd International Organ Competition Agati-Tronci, in Pistoia. During her 2015 tour, Mari Fukumoto performed among others in the Cathedrals in Salzburg and Brixen, and at the Organ Festival in Liepaja, Latvia.
Mari Fukumoto's wide repertoire ranges from early music, with her special interest to German baroque music, through romantic music until contemporary compositions and improvisation.
Mari Fukomoto's performances were recorded and broadcast by NDR, Bayerischer Rundfunk and other radio stations. In 2014, she released her first solo album released by Naxos, which is now available worldwide. She got furthermore invitation from Ansbach Bach week and plays concerts also as ensemble player with Matthias Höfs, Christoph Baerwind among others. Currently, she continues her study for Concertexam in Hamburg.
More information at: www.fukumotomari.com