Mari Fukumoto is one of the most sought-after organists of our time. Born in Tokyo in 1987, today she has a busy concert schedule playing on the most eminent organs, and she is a regular guest at numerous international concert halls. She performs with outstanding orchestras such as the City of Kyoto Symphony Orchestra, the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra, the Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra, and the Wrocław Baroque Ensemble. In the 2020/2021 season, she was an Artist in Residence at the National Forum of Music in Wrocław (NFM, Poland), where she performed several times in the 2022/2023 season as well.
Mari Fukumoto studied at the Tokyo University of the Arts and continued her studies at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater Hamburg with Wolfgang Zerer. She won numerous prestigious competitions, among them first prizes at the 4th Daniel Herz International Organ Competition in Brixen/Bressanone (Italy) and at the 3rd Agati Tronci International Organ Competition in Pistoia (Italy), both in 2014. In the same year, her debut album with works by Nikolaus Bruhns, Dieterich Buxtehude, Johann Sebastian Bach, Nicolas de Grigny, Olivier Messiaen and Michael Radulescu was released. Her latest CD recording with the NFM Wrocław Philharmonic Orchestra was released in the fall of 2022.
Since the summer term of 2019, Mari Fukumoto has been teaching church music at the Hochschule für Musik Franz Liszt Weimar. She teaches the subjects of artistic organ playing, organ improvisation and basso continuo. Currently she is also the principal deputy for the vacant organist position at the Frauenkirche Dresden.