About Junko Fujiwara
Get to know Junko Fujiwara
Cellist Junko Fujiwara has been performing and advocating innovations in contemporary and improvised music while teaching and maintaining Western classical and jazz traditions over a span of nearly thirty years. Based in New England, she has enjoyed the diversity of performing in a variety of musical genres at many venues not just on the East Coast but also in the Midwest and internationally in Europe. Among her current performing groups are: Carl Testa’s SWAY Sextet, Eric Hofbauer Quintet, BOLT: Adventurous Improvised Music, and Mimi Rabson’s String Theory Trio, where some of her own original compositions are featured. NPR, Downbeat Magazine, Boston Globe, and Spontaneous Music Tribune (Poland) are some of the internationally-renown publications and institutions that have given recognition of her work.
As an active educator, Ms. Fujiwara holds cello faculty positions at Boston College (where she also coaches chamber groups and directs the BC Cello Ensemble), The Governor’s Academy, Timberlane Regional High School (in New Hampshire), Masconomet Regional School, and Ipswich Public Schools. She has also taught guest master classes at MIT, Southwestern University (TX), Longy School of Music, and at Salem (MA) Public Schools. Ms. Fujiwara has a Master of Music degree from Northwestern University and a Bachelor of Music degree from Lawrence University.
Junko Fujiwara can be heard on Eric Hofbauer Quintet’s CD set Prehistoric Jazz Vol. 1: The Rite of Spring, Vol. 2: Quintet for the End of Time, Vol. 3: Three Places in New England, and Vol. 4; Reminiscing in Tempo on the Creative Nation Music label (2014-2017), Sway Sextet’s Prototypes Vol. 1 and 2 on Uncertainty Music Publishing (2019), BOLT’s Shuffle on Driff Records (2014), Mimi Rabson’s Strings Theory Trio (2014), and two recordings with the world-reknown jazz guitarist/bassist Joe Morris: Ultra (2017) and Camera (2010).