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Yoshie Nakayama


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. Yoshie’s creation varies from traditional Japanese songs, educational piano pieces, to jazz big band, orchestra, and so on. Some of Yoshie's works are stocked in the Japanese Library of Congress in Tokyo. 


In 2002, Yoshie received a music teacher’s license in Japan when she graduated from one of the best music institutions in the country, Kunitachi College of Music with a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education.

She also graduated from Berklee College of Music in Boston where she was awarded a scholarship and graduated with Summa Cum Laude in Contemporary Writing and Production along with the Achievement Award from the College.


During her time in Boston, Yoshie contributed to more than 400 recordings and concerts in 3 years including "Distant Worlds: Final Fantasy World Tour" at Boston Symphony Hall with the composer, Nobuo Uematsu's presence, the Japanese national anthem performance at Massachusetts State House, "Berklee Meets Joyce Moreno" at Berklee Performance Center, Berklee College of Music Commencement Concert 2016 in attendance of Milton Nascimento, Isley Brothers, Rita Moreno at Boston University Agganis Arena, the list goes on and on.

Yoshie has worked with great mentors and fellow musicians such as Billy Bob Thornton, Alejandro Sanz, Aref Arefkia, Women of the World, Roc Nation artists Victory Boyd and Infinity Song, amongst others. Her works have used by HITACHI, Russell Stover Chocolates, and Univision to name a few. She has performed at prestigious concert venues including Microsoft Theater, The Theatre at Ace Hotel, MIT Kresge Auditorium, Harvard Sanders Theatre, and Cotton Club Tokyo.

Yoshie is the Official Arranger of the UNIVOZ Vocal Ensemble. In 2019, UNIVOZ won the popular Acappella competition TV program, “Sing That Thing!” on WBGH2 with her original composition, "Sing For You". In 2020, Yoshie's acappella video production, "Blame It On the COVID-19 feat. UNIVOZ" received

the Grand Prize, Judge Sato Award, and the Musicality Award from the Japanese remote choir competition, "Tele - Chorus Contest". The video also took part in the m-pact Vocal Festival 2020. 

In 2020, Yoshie joined a global initiative, Songs for World Peace as a Co-Founder to promote peace through the power of music. They launched the project with of 60 songs from artists from 70+ countries on September 21, 2020, supported by UN Women San Francisco Bay Area Chapter, Musicians Without Borders, Together Productions, and art 27.