Postdoctoral Scholar, Visiting Assistant Professor of Music (Strings/Collaborative Piano)
Music Addition, MA105
- D.M.A., Eastman School of Music
- M.M., New England Conservatory
- B.M., Eastman School of Music
Pianist Futaba Niekawa is a postdoctoral scholar and visiting assistant professor of strings/collaborative piano.
Known for her verve and sensitivity, she is versatile as a soloist, collaborator, improviser, and harpsichordist. She has given performances in renowned venues and festivals such as Merkin Hall in New York, Jordan Hall in Boston, Banff Centre for the Arts in Canada, National Hall in Taiwan, Sumida Triphony Hall in Japan, Conde Duque in Spain, the Hamamatsu International Piano Academy, and the Prussia Cove International Musicians Seminar.
Her numerous collaborative engagements led to working relationships with such musicians as Jean Barr, Charles Castleman, James Buswell, Roger Tapping, Carol Rodland, Steven Doane, Paul Katz, Laurence Lesser, and the Lafayette and Borromeo quartets. She regularly performs with her duo partners across several continents. She is a founding member of duo526, a violin-piano duo that released its debut album, Ballade, through PARMA recordings in 2014. Her discography also includes the world premiere recording of “Twenty-Five Preludes” by pianist/composer Hwaen Ch'uqi.
Niekawa earned her doctorate degree from the Eastman School of Music under the mentorship of Natalya Antonova, for whom she served as a teaching assistant. Niekawa has conducted master classes at institutions such as the University of Northern Colorado, Middle Tennessee State University, University of Calgary, and Brandon University.