Akira Mori will be the new musical director for the Fort Dodge Area Symphony, starting this fall for the 2012-13 concert season.
Akira Mori was born in Japan and studied in the United States, where he received his undergraduate degree in flute performance from New England Conservatory and his master's degree in conducting from Indiana University. Mori also received a diploma in Orchestral Conducting from Wiener Meisterkurse in Austria. He is winner of the Hideo Saito Award from Tokyo International Music Competition Conducting Contest and Best Concerto Accompanying Award from Dinu Niculescu International Competition in Romania.
Mori has conducted professional orchestras in the U.S., Japan, Russia and elsewhere. He made his London conducting debut in 2010 when he conducted the English Chamber Orchestra, and recently returned to Eastern Europe to guest conduct in Ukraine.
Mori is director of Orchestral Studies and Assistant Professor at Drake University.