©Susumu Yasui

-Mari Fukumoto-

Born in Tokyo (Japan) in 1987, Mari Fukumoto studied organ with Tsuguo Hirono and Yuichiro Shiina in Tokyo from 2005. In 2011 she moved to Hamburg for studying organ at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater Hamburg with Wolfgang Zerer for an advanced study of early music with scholarships, among others from DAAD, from Rohm Music Foundation and from Agency for Cultural Affairs, Goverment of Japan.

Her important Teachers include: Jan Ernst, Carsten Lohff, Volkhardt Preuß and Menno van Delft. She reached her Master degree in organ with main focus on early music with the best score and excellency in 2013. She also completed her advanced studies with organ concert exam (Konzertexamen) in Hamburg with the best score and excellency in 2016. Afterwards she finished her additional church music studies as Master of Music Church Music (evang.) in 2019.

She won several first prizes of numerous prestigious international organ competitions and has an Artist Residency at the National Forum of Music int Wroclaw (NFM, Poland) in the 2020/2021 season.

Mari Fukumoto cultivates worldwide concert activities as ensemble player as well as soloist. Her wide organ repertoire ranges from early music to contemporary compositions, so she plays premieres regulary, she is member of the improvisations group „The Alien Networks“ in Japan and works together with composers like Shiori Usui, Scott Wilson, Rafał Zapała and Lauren Redhead.

Her lively performances were recorded and broadcasted by NDR (Northern German Broadcasting Company), by BR (Bavarian Broadcasting Company), by Rozhlas a televízia Slovenska, by Japanese radio TBS (Tokyo Broadcasting System) and NHK (Japan Broadcasting Corporation); in 2014 Naxos released her first solo album, which is available worldwide. Further CD-Productions are recently under preparation.

Since the summer semester 2019 she works as lecturer at the church music department teaches at the Hochschule für Musik FRANZ LISZT Weimar, where she teaches among others organ playing, organ improvisation and continuo playing.