Born in Kobe, Japan, Makoto Nakura began to play the marimba at the age of eight. In 1994, Nakura moved from his native Japan to New York City, becoming the first marimbist to win First Prize in the prestigious Young Concert Artists International Auditions. In the US, he has performed with orchestras such as the New York Chamber Symphony and appeared in recital at prestigious concert halls including Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall and the Kennedy Center. He has been a guest artist with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, the Spoleto USA Festival and the Green Music Festival, among others.
Nakura has developed collaborative works with institutions such as the American Ballet Theatre and the Metropolitan Opera and other art forms including Carlos Sanchez-Gutierrez’s The Ocean Calls based on poems by Pablo Neruda. With story-telling image projection, he created The Story of Aoyagi which is a venerable Japanese ghost story. He also produced a concert called The Encounter of Art and Music with the Hyogo Prefectural Art Museum in Japan. His newest CD, Bach Beat, is to be released by Kleos in 2008.