Faculty Profile

Mio Nakamura

NMS Piano Faculty


Piano playing is one of the most rewarding challenges one could embark upon. It is not only
an essential basic skill to one's musical training but also a way to help a student to be more expressive, intellectual, disciplined, and patient. Studying piano incorporates a more broad understanding of a "bigger picture" yet requires detailed work at a meticulous level. This process translates to any field one wishes to pursue. Through group sessions/private lessons, I would encourage my students to realize their potential on both intellectual and musical levels. I also have a passion for sharing the beauty of piano playing and leading each individual student into more expressive and artistic realms. When there are specific needs for a student in his or her playing development, I am always happy to go over problems and find solutions together. Piano study is a long journey, and it is an exciting one. I am truly delighted to be a part of the New Music School and experience this wonderful journey with my students.


Mio Nakamura is a native of Kyoto, Japan. She has established herself as a much-in-demand soloist, collaborative artist, and chamber musician in the Chicago area and abroad. 

As a scholarship student of Ludmila Lazar, Ms. Nakamura received a Performance Diploma at Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University where she also earned bachelor's and master's degrees in piano performance with honors. She currently studies piano with
Mary Sauer, Steinway Artist and the principal pianist of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. In addition, she studies organ with John W. W. Sherer, organist and director of music at the Fourth Presbyterian Church. 

Ms. Nakamura's solo appearances include recitals on WFMT as well as the Musicians Club of Women Artists in Recital Series, concerto performances with the Northwest Symphony Orchestra, the Evanston Symphony Orchestra, and most recently with the Symphony of Oak Park and River Forest performing the Rachmaninoff Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini. She has served on the piano faculty at The People's Music School and the musicianship faculty at The Academy of Music Institute of Chicago. Ms. Nakamura also holds the position of church organist at St. John's Episcopal Church in Irving Park. 

An avid orchestral and chamber musician, Ms. Nakamura served as principal pianist of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago from 2011 to 2013. Through the CSO's Institute for Learning, Access
and Training, she has been a regular guest collaborative pianist for the University of Chicago Woodlawn Charter School. Ms. Nakamura frequently appears as a supplementary keyboardist with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and has performed in prestigious venues including the Chicago Symphony's Symphony Center, Ravinia, Millenium Park, and Carnegie Hall under the direction of Maestro Riccardo Muti. She regularly collaborates with symphony musicians in chamber music concerts and recitals at the CSO All-Access Chamber Series as well as the Music 803 Concert Series.