Mio Nakamura, a native of Kyoto, Japan, has established herself as a much-in-demand soloist, collaborative artist, and chamber musician in the Chicago area and abroad.
As a scholarship student of Ludmila Lazar, Ms. Nakamura received a Performance Diploma at Chicago College of Performing Arts of Roosevelt University, where she also earned B.M. and M.M. degrees in piano performance with honors. She currently studies with Mary Sauer, Steinway Artist and the principal pianist of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.
Ms. Nakamura’s solo appearances include recitals at the PianoForte Salon Series on WFMT as well as the Musicians Club of Women Artists in Recital Series, concerto performances with the Northwest Symphony Orchestra, the Evanston Symphony Orchestra, and most recently with the Symphony of Oak Park and River Forest, performing the Rachmaninoff Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini. She regularly gives lecture recitals at the People’s Music School, where she serves on the piano faculty.
An avid orchestral and chamber musician, Ms. Nakamura served as principal pianist of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago from 2011-2013. Through the CSO's Institute for Learning, Access and Training, she has been a regular guest collaborative pianist for the University of Chicago Woodlawn Charter School. Ms. Nakamura frequently appears as a supplementary keyboardist with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and performed during its 2012 tour to Carnegie Hall, under the direction of Maestro Ricardo Muti.