1 Feb 2020

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Meet Akira Nakano of Los Angeles Inception Orchestra

Today we’d like to introduce you to Akira Nakano.

Akira, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.

I grew up a classical pianist and percussioni...

1 Jun 2018

The Los Angeles Inception Orchestra provides young composers in underserved communities access to professional mentorships and musicians while changing the face of music education through original composition and Virtual Reality. 

I know there is a lot to talk about. An...

25 Oct 2015


If you watched THE WEST WING, you know that's President Josian Bartlett's catchphrase.  He's done, he's processed and he's ready to move onto the next thing.


Since the concert with the Dream Orchestra, I believe the time has helped me figure out where I want to go....

22 Feb 2015

I discovered something over the last two nights of rehearsals with the Southeast Symphony...  something I'd lost touch with in the course of the last few years.  I remembered why I really wanted to pick up the piano again...  to collaborate with other musicians.  Peopl...

9 Feb 2014

In February of this year, I performed “Rhapsody in Blue” with an orchestra…  kinda.  It was with the whatever-orchestra-is-featured on the Music Minus One recording, edited for timing and played on my iphone with computer speakers.   Fortunately my sister had called du...

13 Oct 2013

The second half started without me.  I was in the green room, tearing out pages from the “Phantom of the Opera” book because I didn’t want the audience to see it when I walked out.  Suddenly, I heard applause.  “They’re gonna tune, right?” I asked one of the musicians...

10 Sep 2013

I thrive best under last minute pressure.  There is no one who has worked with me before who can tell you differently.  There are eighteen days to go to the concert.  I know this because of my amazing friends who have taken to texting me with the countdown every day....

12 Jan 2013



Solo shows are not really solo shows.  Anyone who has done one knows that.  They are a tremendous collaboration of people who believe in you and help shape the vision or execution of your performance.  Many of them are mentioned in my earlier blog entries.  But it...

11 Mar 2012

The last time I performed in Zipper Hall the audience was dark.  So pitch black, in fact, that a friend of mine who was sitting in the second row for “A Concerto for Claire” was mad that I didn’t see her during the performance.  When I peaked out the stage door ten yea...

29 Jan 2012

My mom made me take piano lessons.  I crept into a strange studio at the Colburn School; started to play “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star” on an old, beat-up Steinway; and my teacher, Heewon Kwon, frowned with disappointment.  This was last November… and not when I was fi...

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