Hikari Nakamura is from Japan where she started learning the piano at the age of 6. She pursued her education at the Interlochen Arts Academy with Dr. Thomas Lymenstull and with Dr. Roberta Rust at Lynn University Conservatory of Music with a full scholarship. In 2019, Hikari graduated with a Master’s degree in piano performance from the University of Michigan’s School of Music, Theatre & Dance, where she studied with Professor Christopher Harding. Nakamura’s additional piano and chamber music studies have been with Tomoko Mack, Kazimierz Brzozowski, Joela Jones, the principal keyboardist of The Cleveland Orchestra, Peter Otto, the First Associate Concertmaster of The Cleveland Orchestra, Richard Weiss, the First Assistant Principal of The Cleveland Orchestra and
David Halen, the concertmaster of St. Louis Symphony Orchestra.
Hikari gave her solo debut performance when she was 12 years old, performing piano concerto in Poland and she was featured as a soloist performing with Detroit Symphony Orchestra as a winner of the Leonard Slatkin piano award. Her award winning prices include Steinway Piano Junior Artist, MMTA Concerto Competition and Ithaca College Piano Competition.