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Mika Nakamura, percussion

Born and raised in Southern California, Mika Nakamura began studying percussion seriously at age eighteen. She graduated with a bachelor's degree from the University of California, Los Angeles, where she received numerous awards and scholarships, including the 2015 All-Star Concerto Competition. She frequently performed in a variety of performance ensembles ranging from classical, instrumental ensembles and chamber groups to world music ensembles and four seasons in the marching band. She also earned a minor in music industry and studied with Mitchell Peters, Raynor Carroll and Theresa Dimond.

Mika is currently pursuing her Master's Degree in Percussion Performance at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, studying with Jack Van Geem, Jacob Nissly and Trey Wyatt. When she's not music making, Mika also enjoys cooking, baking and running in her spare time.