Hana Fujisaki is a Chicago-based jazz pianist, R&B keyboardist, composer, arranger, and artist. As a keyboardist of several Chicago- based bands including McNary Experience, Brandon James Augmented Reality and Chicago Samba, she has played at major venues in the city including the Jazz Showcase, Andy’s Jazz Club, House of Blues, Reggies Rock Club, the Cubby Bear and Hard Rock Cafe.
Born and raised in Tokyo, she learned organ and contemporary music at Yamaha music school, where she studied under Kimie Takano, Eri Uenoyama and Yasuyuki Kasori.
She has been awarded several times by Yamaha for organ performance and for her composition works, and she had grown her interests in variety of genres of music. She formally studied jazz and contemporary music with Yuki Arimasa, Yasuhiko Sato and Tomonao Hara while attending Senzoku Gakuen High School in Kanagawa, where she majored in jazz studies.
She got her BM from Chicago College of Performing Arts, where she studied jazz and Latin music under Jim Trompeter, Scott Mason, Paul Wertico, Henry Johnson, Paulinho Garcia, Tom Garling, Fred Simon and Ruben Alvarez. She then went on to get MM at Northwestern University, where she studied under Jeremy Kahn, Joe Clark and Victor Goines. While in school she was one of eight finalists in the Luminarts 2015 jazz competition and was given the opportunity to perform at Buddy Guy’s Legends, and won People’s Choice at the same competition in 2017.
Hana enjoys teaching students of all ages and abilities. She encourages improvisation and personal style in her instruction.
To contact/schedule a lesson with Hana email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 773-744-1156