B i o g r a p h y
AKIRA NAKANO grew up at the Colburn School of Performing Arts in both piano and percussion, soloing with numerous orchestras throughout Southern California as a youngster. He studied with Dr. Heewon Kwon with master classes from Jeffrey Kahane, Leon Fleischer, Ilana Vered, John Perry and Daniel Pollack. He was the winner of the 1st Annual Herbert Zipper Award in Music Composition amongst other piano competitions. Entering UCLA on a full ride piano performance scholarship, he won the UCLA Concerto Competition and graduated with a B.A. in Film & Television production.
Akira spent twelve years working as a video editor, writer, producer and live event director at TRW and went on to have 20+ years of video marketing and communications experience. He oversaw & scored several independent films along the way. In 2002, he wrote and produced the play, "A Concerto for Claire" which premiered at Zipper Hall at the Colburn School in 2002. He was the Music Director and on-stage pianist for Lodestone Theatre Ensemble's "Closer Than Ever" (L.A. Times Critics' Choice) in 2009 and resumed classical piano full time the following year.
Akira returned to the Zipper Hall stage in March 2012 in a solo recital accompanied by Michael Sushel. In September 2013, Akira Nakano paired with the Dream Orchestra in a concert of Liszt, Rachmaninov and several original works. Since then, he appeared as a performer/lecturer as part of the Great Speaker Series at the Beach Club in Santa Monica benefiting the California State Parks Foundation; soloed with the Southeast Symphony on their "American Legacy" concert; and made a series of appearances at the Huntington Library President's house for their donor dinners.
Akira's ebook, I DON'T HATE PRACTICE, was released in November 2018, rewritten from an earlier book to discuss creativity in composition and the arts.
In 2017, Akira formed the Los Angeles Inception Orchestra, a non-profit organization which will feature the original works of composers of all ethnicities and bring classical music into neighborhoods where arts education funding is severely lacking.
The Los Angeles Inception Orchestra began its mentoring cycle in November 2018 and is now into its third program, Engaging the Orchestra which happens throughout 2020 with its full orchestra concert in January 2021.