Japanese-born oboist, English horn player, and conductor, Keisuke Ikuma, studied Law at Keio-Gijuku University. He studied oboe and received his Bachelor of Music degree from the Manhattan School of Music, where he was a full-scholarship student of Joseph Robinson, former principal oboist of the New York Philharmonic Orchestra. He studied conducting with Constantine Kitsopoulos and David Gilbert.
Mr. Ikuma is currently a member of the Hudson Valley Philharmonic and the Stamford Symphony. He also performs regularly with the New York Philharmonic, the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, and numerous Broadway shows.
He made his Broadway conducting debut in the 2015 Tony Award-winning production The King and I at Lincoln Center Theater. He is on the Woodwind Faculty at Bard College Conservatory of Music.
In June of 2017, Mr. Ikuma conducted the Broadway Chamber Players in an acclaimed performance of the chamber ensemble version of Mahler Symphony No. 4 with soprano Amy Justman. He served as oboe/English horn player as well as assistant conductor in the Broadway revival of “My Fair Lady” at Lincoln Center Theater.