Fumino Ando, Violin
Fumino Ando was born in Japan. She began to study violin at the age of four, and has studied with Namiko Umezu, Koichiro Harada at Toho Gakuen University of Music in Tokyo, Eduard Schmieder at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas, and Felicia Moye at Oklahoma University in Norman, Oklahoma.
In 1992, she became a member of the Bettina String Quartet which actively concertized throughout Japan and performed in the Santa Fe and La Jolla chamber music festivals. Ms. Ando received a fellowship at the Tanglewood music festival and was given a chamber music “Diploma Honor Prize” at the Chigiana Music Academy in Italy.
In the Netherlands, she was a winner of Donemus Performance Prize for performing Dutch contemporary music, and had a concert in the Concertgebouw Hall, Amsterdam. In the United States, she was invited to the International Laureates chamber music festival in Los Angeles, and performed with young talented artists from the United States and Europe.
After completed her study in the Artist Certificate Program at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, she joined the New World Symphony Orchestra in Miami. She performed on that orchestra’s San Francisco tour with the artistic director, Michael Tilson Thomas, and had chamber music performances in Miami, Boston and Los Angeles.
During her study for the Master of Music at the University of Oklahoma, she was selected as the Assistant Concertmaster of the Oklahoma City Philharmonic Orchestra in the season of 2001 and 2002. She also joined the Crouse String Quartet.
As a soloist, she was invited as the guest artist for the classic series of the Fort Smith Symphony Orchestra in Arkansas. Ms. Ando is currently a member of Oregon Symphony since the 2002 season. In the summer, she visits Italy for coaching and performing chamber music at Zephyr Music Festival (www.zephyrmusicfest.org).
Fumino practices Alexander Technique and Tai Chi to seek the most natural and coordinated movements.
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