A native of Japan, collaborative pianist Tomoko Nakayama is in her second season of WNO's Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program. Last season with WNO she served as Assistant Conductor for WNO's productions of The Elixir of Love and the world premiere of Huang Ruo's An American Soldier. In 2012, she served as apprentice music coach on Wolf Trap Opera Company's production of The Rake's Progress. She recently served as a staff accompanist at The Juilliard School, and she also served as faculty vocal coach and opera scenes director at Boston University's Tanglewood Institute and is a former piano fellow at the Tanglewood Music Center, where she worked on Don Giovanni under the baton of Maestro James Levine. She recently worked at the International Vocal Arts Institute in Tel Aviv, Israel, where she was a faculty pianist for performances of La bohème. She has also served as pianist, coach, and continuo player in Le nozze di Figaro with the Opera on the Avalon festival in Canada. Highlights of recent seasons also include performances at Merkin Concert Hall with the New York Philharmonic Ensembles and collaborations with members of the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra at the Cape Cod Chamber Music Festival. A prolific chamber music performer, she is the founding member of Eta3, a piano, clarinet, and flute trio, which made its Alice Tully Hall debut in 2006.
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