Faculty Accompanist, Piano
University of Delaware
242 Roselle Center for the Arts
Newark, DE 19716
Pianist Julie Nishimura is celebrating 29 years as faculty accompanist for the Department of Music at the University of Delaware. In
addition to having performed in over 400 collaborative recitals, including in
multimedia and mixed chamber ensembles, she was a recipient of a Delaware State
Arts Council Fellowship Grant as a solo artist. At Delaware, she also serves as secondary faculty, teaching accompanying/chamber music and sight-reading at the keyboard.
Ms. Nishimura has been the rehearsal pianist for over 45 productions of
UD's Opera Workshop and Opera Theater. A popular and frequent guest
artist, she has performed with the Serafin and Cypress String
Quartets, the Gold Coast Chamber Players, and at the Delaware Chamber Music Festival.
She was a staff pianist at California Summer Music for 20 years and the
Philadelphia International Music Festival for five. With members of the
Philadelphia Orchestra, Ms. Nishimura performed twice in Carnegie Hall's Weill
Recital Hall, in addition to several performances in the Perelman Theater and
Verizon Hall at the Kimmel Center.
Ms. Nishimura's recording projects
include collaborations with Denise Tryon, French horn (winner of the 2015
Global Music Award), Christopher Nichols, clarinet, and UD's former faculty
member, soprano Marie Robinson. She can be found performing George Rochberg's
Sonata for viola and piano with Sheila Browne on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=egOd8u8WcvA
and the John Ireland Sonata with cellist Lawrence Stomberg on Vimeo: https://vimeo.com/128472609.
She has been music director for City Theater Company and Opera Delaware's joint
production of Michael Ching's chamber opera Out of the Rain as well as
for the Delaware Theater Company's production of The Gift of the Magi, which
was staged by the late Fontaine Syer. She has performed in Hungary, Germany,
Poland, England and Sweden.
serves as artistic director of Wilmington-based Distant Voices Touring Theatre,
which she founded with her late husband, writer, director and acting teacher
Danny Peak. DVTT currently tours a documentary theatrical piece with
Voices, based on Ms. Nishimura’s father’s diary of his time in a
Japanese-American concentration camp during World War II.
Bachelor of Music, New England Conservatory
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