A multifaceted pianist, educator, and composer, Naomi Nakanishi currently resides in Boston, MA. She has performed at numerous major festivals such as the Rochester International Jazz Festival, Next Generation Monterey Jazz Festival, Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival, and the national Jazz Education Network Conference with both big band and small groups.
Naomi holds a BM in Jazz Performance from the Eastman School of Music, while studying with Gary Versace. There she performed regularly with her trio, Dave Rivello’s New Jazz ensemble, and various chamber ensembles. In addition she has performed in numerous classical events both as an accompanist and soloist. Naomi is currently pursuing her Master’s Degree at the Berklee Global Jazz Institute.
There is hardly a moment in Naomi’s life where she isn’t performing or teaching. She hopes to inspire other young women to pursue a career in music and to encourage everyone to keep their hearts and minds open to the music she shares.