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Futaba Niekawa

Visiting Lecturer in Music (Strings/Collaborative Piano)

Contact Information:
Music Addition, MA105


Chamber and Collaborative Music

  • D.M.A., Eastman School of Music
  • M.M., New England Conservatory
  • B.M., Eastman School of Music

Japanese pianist Futaba Niekawa is visiting lecturer in music in strings/collaborative piano at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, where she has been on faculty since 2015.

Known for her verve and sensitivity, Niekawa pushes the boundaries of her artistry as a soloist and collaborative pianist across genres and disciplines. She has performed throughout the United States, Canada, England, Spain, Taiwan, and Japan at notable venues including Jordan Hall, Merkin Hall, Taiwan’s National Concert Hall, and Sumida-Triphony Concert Hall. Her passion for multi-disciplinary collaboration and performing music of her generation have developed into artistic partnerships with composers, dancers, poets, and visual artists.

Niekawa’s longtime duo partnership with violinist Kerry DuWors, duo526, has led to numerous performances, recordings, and artist residencies at The Banff Centre and Avaloch Farm Music Institute. Since 2012, she has released three recordings (PARMA Recordings, Petrichor Records), and her live performances have been recorded for radio broadcast. She has been engaged as a collaborative pianist at The Banff Centre, New England Conservatory, Boston Ballet School, Meadowmount School of Music, and the IU Summer String Academy.

Niekawa earned her Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the Eastman School of Music in 2013. She is dedicated to pedagogy, mentoring, and performance practice. She shares her passion through master classes and workshops at duo526’s annual Sonata Seminar and has been invited as a guest teacher at numerous colleges and universities in North America, including the University of Calgary, University of Northern Colorado, Brandon University, and Middle Tennessee State University.

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