Mio Nakamura is a native of Kyoto, Japan. She 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 at Roosevelt University where she also earned bachelor's and master's degrees in piano performance with honors. She currently studies piano with Mary Sauer, Steinway Artist and the principal pianist of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. In addition, she studies organ with John W. W. Sherer, organist and director of music at the Fourth Presbyterian Church.
Ms. Nakamura's solo appearances include recitals 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 is currently on the piano faculty at New Music School and the musicianship faculty at Music Institute of Chicago. Ms. Nakamura also holds the position of church organist at St. John's Episcopal Church in Old Irving Park.
An avid orchestral and chamber musician, Ms. Nakamura served as principal pianist of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago from 2011 to 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 has performed in prestigious venues including the Chicago Symphony's Symphony Center, Ravinia, Millenium Park, and Carnegie Hall under the direction of Maestro Riccardo Muti. She regularly collaborates with symphony musicians in chamber music concerts and recitals at the CSO All-Access Chamber Series as well as the Music 803 Concert Series.