STEEL PAN PERFORMER YUKI NAKANo

 

ABOUT
As a pannist and a music performer since 1989, I have dedicated my life to the development of music in my home country of Japan.

My love for music started when I was 4 years old, beginning with the xylophone. My passion grew with the experiences I had while traveling to Europe at 10 years old to perform xylophone with Yokohama Marimba Rainbow ensemble of Japan, directed by Shouji Kudou. This led me to perform in other countries, such as the United States, France, and Spain with the same ensemble. These experiences highlighted my love for music and performance, which took me to Senzoku Gakuen College in Japan, where I achieved a bachelors degree in Percussion Studies.

While studing at Senzoku Gakuen College, I was offered the opportunity to learn my current and favorite instrument, the steel pan. I have been performing with steelpan (mainly tenor) since 2004. Playing this instrument has allowed me to travel to many parts of the world. My experiences with professional musicians and environments range from performing with steel

orchestras in Trinidad, which is known as the “mecca of pan”, for their annual National Panorama competitions in ’09, ’10, and ’11., and places such as Toronto, Canada playing in “pan Alive”, St. Vincent’s National Panorama and Brooklyn’s Panorama competition amongst others. These cultural trips opened doors to work alongside some of the biggest names in the industry, and it was there that I met the legendary Liam Teague. Because of my encounter with Mr. Teague, I decided to pursue a performer’s certificate in Steelpan Performance at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, Illinois.

To date, I have performed throughout the United States as an avid player of the Steelpan instrument. As an arranger and musician with hopes of continued development within my field of study, I aspire to shed new light on the musical possibilities of this wonderful instrument both here and in my home country of Japan.

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