He was born in Kyoto, Japan. In 1986, he graduated from the department of musical performance of Toho Gakuen University in Tokyo (majoring in baroque instruments). In July of 1991, he performed at the Couperin cycle of the Versailles Baroque Festival in France, where he was chosen as one of the best 9 cembalists in the world together with the top European cembalists such as Kenneth Gilbert and Bob van Asperen. In June of 1992, he was invited to perform at "Berkeley Baroque Music Festival" in California, U.S.A. as the youngest soloist. In 1993, he made his Wigmore Hall debut in London and was
exactly appraised: He has a rare personality for a Japanese player.
Thereafter he has been performing very actively at major halls all over Japan giving solo concerts and also collaborating with many distinguished foreign artists. His repertory ranges almost all cembalo music of the baroque era, and when he gives his solo recitals he
performs in a very lofty, elegant style with
the presence of a "Superstar" cembalist. At present, he is the solo cembalist of
Telemann Institute Japan and director of Collegium Musicum Telemann.
In many Japanese leading newspapers, he has been getting good reviews from
distinguished music critics such as: His playing is very flexible and free with exquisite improvisation./When he plays, the time of "moments musical"
passes quite naturally.
The young musician himself doesn't seem to care so much but he surely is an accomplished cembalist whom Japan is really proud of.
Nakano has received numerous awards, including the Osaka Culture Festival Gold Award (1991), the Muramatsu Award (1992), the Kansai Artists Award - Silver Award (1992), the
National Arts Festival New Artist Award (1996), and the National Arts Festival Grand Prize
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