Yoshihiko Nakano is pursuing a diploma in viola performance at the Curtis Institute of Music, where he is a recipient of the Bernard M. Guth Fellowship, under the tutelage of Roberto Díaz and Michael Tree. An avid orchestral musician, he most recently performed as a member of the Verbier Festival Orchestra and will be joining the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia in September. He has also served as an associate principal violist of the Curtis Symphony Orchestra and principal violist of the Juilliard Orchestra.
Mr. Nakano made his New York City debut in 2011 as the winner of Juilliard Concerto Competition, appearing with the Juilliard
Orchestra under the direction of Matthias Pintscher in Alice Tully Hall. He has also appeared as a soloist with the Hudson Valley Philharmonic, Northwestern University Symphony Orchestra, Skokie Valley Symphony Orchestra, Northwest Symphony Orchestra, and Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra.
Mr. Nakano has received many honors and awards, including First Prize at 2011 Hudson Valley Philharmonic String Competition, Union League Civic & Arts Foundation Awards (Chicago), and Stainer & Bell Prize at 2010 Lionel Tertis International Viola Competition.
Mr. Nakano holds a Master of Music degree from the Juilliard School and Bachelor of Music degree from Northwestern University. He began his studies with Almita and Roland Vamos, on the violin and viola respectively, at the Music Institute of Chicago in 2001 and continued to study with the Vamoses at Northwestern.