Kumiko Sakamoto is a devoted performer, chamber musician, and multi-faceted artist. She has performed as a soloist and chamber musician throughout North America, France, Poland, and Italy, including performances at the Kennedy Center, Massey Hall, St. Sulpice (Paris), and Teatro la Fenice (Venice). Kumiko recorded the first album of works by Italian composer Gino Gorini under the Tactus (Naxos) label which was released in 2015.
After studying with Michael van der Sloot in the Medicine Hat College Conservatory Academy, Kumiko went on to receive an Artist Certificate from Mount Royal University, Calgary, Alberta where she studied with William van der Sloot, a Bachelor of Music in Violin Performance and a Master’s degree in Chamber Music from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music where she studied with Ian Swensen. She received a Minor in Vocal Performance from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music under the tutelage of Pamela Fry.
Kumiko’s passion for the arts extends to voice, dance, and theatre, each of which she has studied for many years. She has received many awards, including first place in violin, voice and musical theatre at the Alberta Provincial Music Festival, and a chamber music award at the Canadian National Music Festival. Before moving to Austin, Kumiko was a member of the San Francisco Symphony Chorus where she continued to pursue her love of singing. A dancer for most of her life, Kumiko still enjoys attending ballet classes in her spare time, as well as cooking healthy meals and hosting dinner parties for her friends and family.
Lakes Area Music Festival
715 Laurel Street
Brainerd MN 56401
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