Originally from Kobe, Japan, pianist and composer Tempei Nakamura began his piano studies at the age of 5. He dropped out of high school to work in the demolition industry.
Although he never played piano during his college and high school years, he was accepted into a music school and continued his studies at Osaka University of the Arts, where he graduated at the top of the piano class.
In 2006, he moved to New York to pursue his international career. In 2008, he made his CD debut with EMI Music Japan. In 2010, he made his solo recital debut at Carnegie Hall, New York. He performs annually in Europe and has given concerts at the Amsterdam Gebouw Concert, the House of Culture of Japan in Paris, the German-Japanese Centre in Berlin and other venues in various countries, including Spain, Portugal, Italy, Austria, Luxembourg, Estonia, Slovakia, Ukraine and Belarus.
he has toured nationally in Japan and performed in “unexplored areas” such as Kumano-kodo, a World Heritage Site. He dedicated his “Rising Sun” project to efforts to rebuild the Great East Japan Earthquake, and was honored by the Hyogo Prefecture Artists Society with the 2015 Award for the Advancement of the Arts.