Pianist Julie Nishimura celebrates 23 years as faculty accompanist for the Department of Music at the University of Delaware, having performed more than 380 collaborative recitals and 45 opera and scene-study performances with the Opera Workshop and Opera Theatre. As secondary faculty, she teaches Sight-Reading at the Keyboard and Accompanying/Chamber Music.
A much sought-after collaborative artist, Ms. Nishimura has performed in the chamber music series of Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall, the Philadelphia Orchestra in the Kimmel Center’s Perelman Theatre and the Delaware Symphony Orchestra at the Hotel DuPont, and she has been a guest artist at more than 35 college campuses. Ms. Nishimura is a perennial favorite at the Delaware Chamber Music Festival and California Summer Music. At Strings International Music Festival, she has given recitals with cellists Hai-Ye Ni and John Koen, violinist Carrie Dennis, contrabassist Harold Robinson and violists Choong-Jin Chang and Rachel Ku. Most recently, she collaborated with retired University of Delaware soprano Marie Robinson on a CD of vocal music of African-American women composers. In the 2011-2012 season, Ms. Nishimura will be a guest artist with the Gold Coast Chamber Players in an all-Spanish program.
Ms. Nishimura and her husband, writer, director and acting teacher Danny Peak, serve as co-artistic directors of Wilmington-based Distant Voices Touring Theatre. They are currently touring two documentary theatrical pieces with piano: Distant Voices, based on Ms. Nishimura’s father's diary of his time in a Japanese-American concentration camp during World War II, and September Echoes, chronicling the events of and following the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.
A native of San Francisco, Ms. Nishimura began her piano studies at the age of seven with Alla Sviridoff. Subsequent studies were at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music with Paul Hersh, the New England Conservatory with Leonard Shure and the Longy School of Music with Victor Rosenbaum.