Yoshie Nakayama is a composer, arranger, trombone player, singer as well as educator, based in Los Angeles. People recognize her warm and jazzy Acappella productions and have been performing her works in the US, Japan, Mexico, and Norway. Yoshie’s creations vary from traditional Japanese songs, educational piano pieces, pop band recording, jazz big band, and orchestra. The sheet music of her composition and arrangements are available online at Sheet Music Plus, Fairy Inc. (Japan) and are stocked in the Japanese Library of Congress in Tokyo.
Her achievements have been featured by the media nationally and internationally, including Reuters Japan, Mainichi Shimbun, Asahi Digital, Line News, Voyage LA, Weekly LALALA to name a few.
In 2002, Yoshie earned the music teacher’s license at junior-high school and high school in Japan when she completed the course at one of the best music institution, Kunitachi College of Music with a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education.
She was awarded a scholarship at Berklee College of Music where she graduated with Summa Cum Laude in Contemporary Writing and Production along with Contemporary Writing and Production Achievement Award. During the 3 years in Boston, Yoshie contributed to more than 400 studio recordings and concerts as a producer, trombone player, singer, and contractor.
Being one of the founding board members of the NPO A-Cappella Cantabile! Classics in Tokyo, she worked closely with Shinobu Segawa, the Director of the NPO who is a member of Japan’s renowned Acappella group, Baby Boo, as the Assistant Music Director. They are an Acappella choir group based in Tokyo and Kobe, actively performing at festivals, nursery homes, and public events. Yoshie remained on the role for 10 years.
Yoshie has been blessed to work with great mentors and fellow musicians such as Billy Bob Thornton, Alejandro Sanz, Joyce Moreno, Milton Nascimento, Jacob Collier, Snarky Puppy, and a Roc Nation artist, Victory Boyd, Women of the World, amongst others. Her works have used in the advertisements or productions by HITACHI, Russell Stover Chocolates, Amazon, and Univision to name a few. She has performed at prestigious concert venues including Microsoft Theater, The Theatre at Ace Hotel, Boston Symphony Hall, Massachusetts State House, Berklee Performance Center, Boston University Agganis Arena, MIT Kresge Auditorium, Harvard Sandres Theatre, and Cotton Club Tokyo. Her original song, “Sing For You” has been performed on a popular Acappella competition TV program, “Sing That Thing!” on WBGH2 and resulted in the group, Univoz winning the season in 2019.