Blaine Inafuku currently serves as Director of Artistic Administration for the Santa Barbara Symphony, where he oversees the artistic planning and plays a key role in crafting and implementing the organization’s artistic vision. In this role, Blaine also manages the orchestra personnel and has oversight of all production activities for the orchestra.
With over 10 years of artistic and operations management experience, Blaine has worked with some of the industry’s top ensembles, including the Seattle Symphony, the Chicago Symphony and the former Chicago Chamber Musicians.
A classically trained percussionist and active freelancer, he has performed with the Chicago, Seattle and Phoenix Symphonies, Chicago Lyric & Seattle Operas, and abroad with the Hong Kong Philharmonic. He can be heard on several recordings with the Seattle Symphony on its Grammy award-winning label, Seattle Symphony Media, which he managed during his time there.
Blaine earned a master of music degree from DePaul University in Chicago, a bachelor of music from Northwestern University, and holds a professional performance certificate from Lynn Conservatory of Music in Boca Raton, FL.