Mio Nakamura

Piano Faculty
Program Area: 
Private Instruction
With Music Institute of Chicago since: 

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.

Significant teachers and mentors: 

Two of Ms. Nakamura's significant teachers/mentors include those that instructed her during her days of study, and still continue to do so: Mary Sauer and Ludmila Lazar. Additionally, she has been greatly influenced by those that she has taken master classes with such as Menahem Pressler, Paul Lewis, Martin Canin, Martin Katz, Tim Cobb and Yo-Yo Ma.

Awards and achievements: 

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.
Ms. Nakamura's solo appearances include recitals on WFMT, as well as the Musicians Club of Women Artists in Recital Series and concerto performances with the Northwest Symphony Orchestra and the Evanston Symphony Orchestra.
Most recently with the Symphony of Oak Park and River Forest, she performed the Rachmaninoff Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini. 
An avid orchestral and chamber musician, Ms. Nakamura served as the 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 has also worked with Charles Duoit, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Sir Mark Elder, Harry Bicket, David Robertson, Cliff Colnot, Carlos Miguel Prieto, Susanna Malkki, James Conlon, Jay Friedman, Alastair Willis and Jaap van Zweden.
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.

Professional affiliations & activities: 

Ms. Nakamura is currently on the piano faculty at New Music School and the musicianship faculty at Music Institute of Chicago.

She also holds the position of church organist at St. John's Episcopal Church in Old Irving Park.