Pianist Eri Nakamurahas performed as soloist and chamber musician in the United States, Italy, and her native Japan.Recent recitals include performances at Carnegie Hall, San Jose Center for the Performing Arts, D.O.O.R Hall and Aster Plaza in Hiroshima, Japan, the Aosta Classica Concert Series, Teatro Romano, Aosta, Italy. Most recently she has performed at the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage in Washington DC. She has also appeared as a soloist at Severance Hall with the Cleveland Institute of Music Orchestra which was broadcasted live on WCLV 104.9 FM Cleveland. She has also been heard as a soloist at the Riverwalk Center with the National Repertory Orchestra in Breckenridge, Colorado, in concert at the Piano Recital Series at the Muhlenberg College, the Chamber Music Society at Yale, the International Chamber Music Courses in Positano, Zephyr International Chamber Music Festival in Courmayeur, Italy, the Banff Centre, the Aspen Music Festival and the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival.
Ms. Nakamura was born in Hiroshima and began piano studies at the age of four where her principal teacher was Mie Ishii. A prizewinner of many competitions, she was the winner of the 2007 Cleveland Institute of Music Concerto Competition. Other prizes include first prize in the 2005 Yale University School of Music Chamber Music Competition, a Distinguished Musician Award at the 2002 IBLA Grand Prize International Piano Competition in Ragusa, Italy, first prize in the Miyazawa Piano Competition in Japan, first prize in the California State Division of the 2001 MTNA- Steinway & Sons Collegiate Artist Piano Competition. In addition, Ms. Nakamura has been the recipient of several awards and scholarships including the Helen Curtis Webster Award, the William B. Kurzban Scholarship and the Rosa Lobe Memorial Scholarship at the Cleveland Institute of Music, the Henry & Lucy G. Moses Scholarship and Mary Clapp Howell Scholarship at Yale University, the Liberace Foundation Scholarship, the SFCM Piano Award and the Fine Arts Award in Piano.
Ms. Nakamura was formerly a student of Sergei Babayan and Anita Pontremoli as an Artist Diploma candidate both in solo and collaborative piano at the Cleveland Institute of Music. She also received her Artist Diploma and a Master of Music from Yale University under the tutelage of Peter Frankl and her Bachelor of Music at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music under Mack McCray. Ms. Nakamura is a graduate of the Interlochen Arts Academy in Michigan, where she was a student of Victoria Mushkatkol and Stephen Perry. She has also studied with John Perry at the Banff Centre and the Aspen Music Festival, and has had master classes with Murray Perahia, Leon Fleisher, Claude Frank, Jerome Lowenthal, Gilbert Kalish, Martin Katz, Jorg Demus, and Boris Berman.