Katsumi W. Ferguson ( violinist / arranger / violin & piano instructor )
A native of Fukuoka, Japan, Katsumi W. Ferguson began her violin studies at the age of 2, influenced by her father who was a student of Shinichi Suzuki. She began piano studies at the age of 4 under her mother. She began her professional career as a violinist and piano accompanist prior to graduating from Kyushu Women's College in 1990. She studied violin performance with Eisuke Shinozaki, Taeko Miki and Toshiro Yokoyama.
She freelanced extensively with various ensembles throughout Japan. She has worked at Hiroshima Symphony Orchestra, New Japan Philharmonic and more.
From 2004 to 2007, she participated in the recording of original Japanese songs composed by Yoko Tanaka and released by Victor Entertainment. In 2004, she has had opportunity to perform in Piano Trio with Kevin Kenner who was the top prize winner of the International Chopin Competition.
As a violin and piano instructor, she has been teaching for over 20 years in Japan.
Katsumi moved to New York in 2008 and performs with many different professional ensembles in the NYC area.
As a chamber music player, she has worked at New York Chamber Virtuosi, The Sheep Island Ensemble, One World Symphony, Empire State Symphonia, Nova Philharmonic, The Ensemble 212 ( substitute ) , The Bergen Symphony ( principal second violin ), Spectrum Symphony of New York, The Dream Unfinished ( activists' orchestra member ) , The World Peace Sinfonietta Chamber Orchestra, The Bronx Concert Singers Chamber Orchestra ( concert master ) , The Chappaqua Orchestra Chamber Music Concert series ( guest artist ) and National Yiddish Theatre ( Concert master ) .
As a soloist, she performs at Tanri Cultural Institute, William PatersonUniversity Musical Salon Series, Baruch College and many other places.
Official Blog http://katsumiviolin.blogspot.com/