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Julie Nishimura
Faculty Accompanist, Piano
University of Delaware
242 Roselle Center for the Arts
Newark, DE 19716
302-831-8425

Biography

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.

Ms. Nishimura 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 piano: Distant Voices, based on Ms. Nishimura’s father’s diary of his time in a Japanese-American concentration camp during World War II.

Education

​​Bachelor of Music, New England Conservatory

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