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TOMOKO AKABOSHI

violinist, contractor, producer, and production manager

first woman of color to become a contractor on Broadway

executive director The Resonance Collective, tutti

ABOUT

Tomoko Akaboshi is a Japanese violinist, music contractor, and music producer who became the first woman of color to contract a Broadway musical  (A Strange Loop, 2020 Pulitzer Prize, 2022 TONY for Best Musical). 

Born in Tokyo, Tomoko started her career as a musician at age twenty, and has since performed and interpreted for internationally renowned artists such as Alan Silvestri, Andrea Bocelli, Alicia Keys, Coldplay, The Verve and more. Her performing experience includes studio recordings and TV soundtracks as well as acting as concert master for the Broadway musical, Amazing Grace and Tokyo productions of Broadway musicals, Spring Awakening and West Side Story.

 

Tomoko has coordinated and interpreted for musical productions in the United States, Japan, Germany, Australia, Slovakia, Bulgaria and the Czech Republic. These productions encompass a variety of musical styles, including classical, film, theater, jazz and video game music. She has worked with orchestras such as the Tokyo Philharmonic and the Czech Philharmonic, and on orchestral recording sessions for video game titles such as "Resident Evil 6/Biohazard 6" (CAPCOM) and "Binary Domain" (SEGA). She has also interpreted for six-time Emmy Award winning composer and conductor, Mark Watters, for "Star Wars in Concert," and for Grammy-winning jazz artist, Maria Schneider, at the Tokyo Blue Note.

 

Using management skills obtained from her extensive musical experience, she provides coordination and management/producing services to American artists and companies for their dealings with Japan, and vice versa. Tomoko aspires to connect the Japanese and American cultures to one another. She is the founder and director of  Tokyo Strings Workshop, a source for Japanese strings players to learn to play in contemporary American styles like jazz and bluegrass. 

 

赤星友子(あかぼし・ともこ)
東京出身。歴史上初めてのピューリッツァー受賞ミュージカルの女性コーディネーターとなる。これまでにヨーロッパやアメリカをはじめとする各国のオーケストラやプロダクションのコーディネートを行い、ニューヨークのミュージカル界で最初の有色人種、移民の女性コーディネーターとして認められる。
ヴァイオリニストとしては松田聖子、桑田桂祐、久石譲、アラン・シルヴェストリとの共演歴を持ち、現在拠点をおいているNYではブロードウェイミュージカルのコンサートマスターやジャズの弦楽アンサンブルを中心に演奏活動を続けている。
有色人種女性がアメリカで働く機会と環境づくりのプログラムやアメリカやヨーロッパのアーティストを日本に招聘するワークショップやコンサートなどを自主プロデュースし、日本と欧米の架け橋となるプロジェクトに力を注いでいる。

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CREDITS

PERFORMER

Alan Silvestri, Symphony Hall ​

Joe Hisaishi, Carnegie Hall

Audra McDonalc, Carnegie Hall

Madison Cunningham, The Tonight Show
Tituss Burgess, Kennedy Center, Carnegie Hall
Kurt Elling, Concert Master, Jazz at Lincoln Center

Christian Sands "Be Water", 2020 Grammy Nomination
Final Fantasy - The Record Keeper (Square Enix), solo violinist

Monster Hunter World (CAPCOM)
Gundam Blue Destiny (Bandai Namco)
Ace Combat Assault Horizon (Bandai Namco)
​Jazz violin duo Two Violins, The White House 

Kehinde Wiley and DJ Spooky at The Brooklyn Museum 

Nam June Paik exhibition, The Asia Society
Miho Hazama's m_unit, 2019 Grammy Nomination 

Mario Arturo, featuring David Liebman

Broadway musicals and select theatre:
Amazing Grace, Concertmaster

Matilda 

Miss Saigon 

Ain't Too Proud 

My Fair Lady 

SpongeBob the Musical 

And Juliet 

Sweeney Todd 

West Side Story (Tokyo)
Spring Awakening (Tokyo)

Carmen Jones, Concertmaster (off bway)

Miss You Like Hell, Concertmaster (off bway)
Charlie Brown (Tokyo), violin, viola
Soft Power, violin (off bway)

Bella, fiddle, viola (off bway)

Jason Robert Brown at SubCulture

24 Hour Musicals 2013 - 2019

COORDINATOR

tutti,  Founder and Executive Director
The Resonance Collective, Founder and Executive Director
Tokyo Strings Workshop with Yamaha Japan, Founder and Executive Director

Google, Localization Supervisor and Translator  
Agency of Cultural Affairs Japan, liaison and coordinator
Houzz, translator
Great Big Story, translator

 

PRODUCING AND MUSIC COORDINATION - SELECTED VENUES/STUDIOS

LECTURES, WORKSHOPS AND PANELS

Slovak Radio Hall (Bratislava, Slovakia)

Dvorak Hall (Prague, Czechia)

Ocean Way (Nashville, TN)

Simon Leadley Scoring Stage (Sydney, Australia)

TomTom Studio (Budapest, Hungary)

Studio 22 (Budapest, Hungary)

Carnegie Hall (New York, NY)

Power Station (New York, NY)

Jazz at Lincoln Center (New York, NY) 

NBC Studios, (New York, NY) 


Women In Music—Career Building Workshop 

Maestra Music—Furthering Your Musical Career

The Resonance Collective—Furthering Your Career as a Minority Musician 

Musicians United For Social Equity—AAPI contractors’ panel

ACTIVISM, OTHER PRODUCING +
BILINGUAL LIAISON WORK

 

tutti,  Founder and Executive Director
The Resonance Collective, Founder and Executive Director
Tokyo Strings Workshop with Yamaha Japan, Founder and Executive Director

Google, Localization Supervisor and Translator  
Agency of Cultural Affairs Japan, liaison and coordinator
Houzz, translator
Great Big Story, translator

 

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