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Katsumi W. Ferguson ( violinist / music arranger )

A native of Fukuoka, Japan, Katsumi W. Ferguson began her violin studies at the age of 2, influenced by her father who was the 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 as substitute at Hiroshima Symphony Orchestra, New Japan Philharmonic and more. At the same time , she had been performing jazz and pop music at restaurant so she started learning how to improvise influenced by working jazz musicians in her hometown Fukuoka Japan.

Katsumi moved to New York City in 2008 and performed with many different ensembles in the NYC area.

As a classical chamber music player, she has worked at The Bergen Symphony ( principal second violin ), The Dream Unfinished ( activists' orchestra member ) , The Bronx Concert Singers Chamber Orchestra ( concertmaster ) , The Chappaqua Orchestra Chamber Music Concert series ( guest artist ) and National Yiddish Theatre ( Concertmaster ) and more.

As a soloist, she performed at Tanri Cultural Institute, William PatersonUniversity Musical Salon Series, Baruch College and many other places.

From the Fall in 2018 to Winter in 2020, she participated Dr. Barry Harris Jazz Orchestra & choral organized by Dr. Harris regularly. She performed with Dr. Barry Harris as the member of string quartet performer at “Jazz In The Park” Music Festival in Peekskill, NY, Summer on 2019.

After those occasions, during the pandemic year in 2020, she started working as a jazz musician.

Currently, she appears various party gig venues and online remote jazz session venues called Jazzoomy with using modern software to connect with worldwide musicians.

( Last edited : August 4th, 2021 )

Katsumi W. Ferguson



2歳半の頃から両親の手ほどきによりヴァイオリンとピアノに親しむ。5歳の頃よりヴァイオリンを 篠崎永育氏(NHK交響楽団第一コンサートマスター篠崎史紀氏の父)に、九州女子短期大学在学中には三木妙子氏に師事。



2004年 ショパン国際ピアノコンクール最高位受賞者ケヴィン・ケナー氏とヴァイオリントリオにてコンサート共演。

2004年〜2007年 田中陽子作曲の作品「うたわれしもの(ビクターエンターテイメント)」の録音とコンサートイベントにヴァイオリンで参加。この録音に参加したジャズミュージシャン井島正雄、田部俊彦、出口成信や、ヤス岡山、池田みどり、野本秀一等と、数々の音楽祭に参加。




2014年より The Bronx Concert Singers の室内楽団でコンサートマスターとして4年間出演。同時期に National Yiddish Theatreではコンサートやオフブロードウェイミュージカルショーにてコンサートマスターとして出演。2016年〜ウェストチェスター郡チャパクァオーケストラのゲスト室内楽奏者として出演。


2018年秋〜Jazz Pianist Barry Harris 氏主宰のジャズオーケストラにヴァイオリン&ビオラ奏者として現在も参加。

2019年夏、Jazz In The Park Music Festival にて弦楽カルテットメンバーとしてBarry Harris 氏と初共演。


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