Nobuko Fukatsu is a Biwa (Japanese lute) player based in Los Angeles, California.  Born in Japan, she started to study Satsuma-biwa under the prominent biwa musician Yoshiko Sakata in 2005.  After moving to the Los Angeles area, she started to perform at various cultural gatherings, festivals and educational settings, as well as participate in recordings for entertainment media music.  

Her repertoire includes classical narrative biwa music such as the Tale of Heike, narrative pieces written in modern Japanese, and modern instrumental pieces.  Fascinated by the biwa’s endless potential for narration via the combined sounds of voice, wood, and silk strings, she also creates music to tell short literature pieces in Japanese and English.  

Nobuko plays on instruments that survived the Japanese-American WWII internment experience and were later given to her.  She also researches the history of biwa and its music in the Japanese immigrant communities in the US, particularly in Los Angeles. 



Performance & Workshop

Nobuko has performed at various cultural events in the Greater Los Angeles Area. Her past performances include a New Year concert at the Los Angeles Public Library , festivals and celebration events by Japanese community centers and associations, recitals hosted by traditional music groups, and lecture concerts at Pomona College in Claremont. She also participated in soundtracks for a computer game Trek to Yomi and a short film directed by Liam LoPinto. Thanks to online tools, her activities reach wider areas lately. For performance requests, please contact me in the form below.


Workshops are also available for different age groups. Contents are customized depending on the event’s purposes and participants’ interests. Please contact me in the form below.


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