Known for her verve and sensitivity, Japanese pianist Futaba Niekawa pushes the boundaries of her artistry as a soloist and collaborative pianist across genres and disciplines. She has performed throughout the United States, Canada, England, Spain, Taiwan, and Japan. Praised as “a beautifully balanced duo” by Gramophone Magazine, Niekawa’s long-term partnership with violinist Kerry DuWors, duo526, has been actively concertizing for twelve years as well as mentoring young artists through their duo526 Sonata Seminar. In demand as a collaborative artist, Niekawa has been a pianist at the Banff Centre, New England Conservatory, Meadowmount School of Music, the Perlman Music Program, and the IU Summer String Academy. Niekawa has been on the faculty at Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music since 2015.