Yoshino Nakahara is a multi-talented professional pianist, composer, arranger and bandleader who has performed internationally, and with highly acclaimed musicians such as Gregory Hutchinson, Gilad Hekselman, E.J. Strickland, George Garzone, Lenny Stallworth, Darren Barret, Tim Mayer, Nori Shiota, Cesar Joaniquet, Leon Boykins, Jeff Miles and Evan Sherman. She is an accomplished musician and a brilliantly skilled pianist described as having beautiful tone, rich harmonies, incredible rhythmic control and great influence from various musical genres.
After hearing and playing with Ms. Nakahara, Gregory Hutchinson, who is described as “the drummer of his generation” in Jazz Magazine and is one of the most highly respected musicians of our time said : “Your time feel is surprising. I know many pianists, but it is rare to see a pianist who plays such adventurous improvisation like you.“ He also described her as a pianist who “transcends time signatures“ when introducing her to another top Jazz drummer, Otis Brown III.
Yoshino started playing piano at the age of four and studied classical music at the most trusted music school in Japan, Yamaha music school. In the junior professional course of the school, she learned not only performance, but also theory, ear training and sight-reading. She noticed her perfect pitch during this time. All the teachers recognized her as a highly talented student with great technique and ability to understand quickly. She performed solo and ensemble at concert halls regularly and played in the famous nationwide piano competition “Yamaha Piano Festival“ as a chosen delegate. In the meantime, she composed original tunes that combined classical music with pop. She played in long-running “Junior Original Concert“ held internationally every year and was awarded finalist in the Children’s Composition Competition both times that she competed. She had enormous respect for Claude Debussy and Frederic Chopin and she received a great amount of influence from them. One can see that in her rich and beatiful harmonic appliance to her performances and compositions. She had the opportunity to perform repertoire of these composers at the most prestigious concert hall, Suntory Hall.