Morihiko Nakahara is the conductor for the tenth annual Music on the Mountain concert scheduled September 8, 2012. Nakahara, a crowd favorite, has conducted all Spokane Symphony concerts in Chewelah except for two since the series began.
Recognized by critics, orchestras, and audiences alike as “a splendid conductor” possessing “a poet’s sensitivity and a craftsman’s efficiency,” Morihiko Nakahara began his tenure as Music Director of the South Carolina Philharmonic in Fall 2008. Nakahara also enters his tenth highly successful season with the Spokane Symphony Orchestra, first as Associate Conductor and now in a redefined role of Resident Conductor. Performing at Chewelah’s first Music on the Mountain concert was Nakahara’s first official performance as a conductor with the Spokane Symphony Orchestra.
Known for his charismatic presence on and off the podium, innovative and audience-friendly programming skills, endearing humor, and thoughtful interpretations of both standard and new repertoire, Nakahara continues to thrill the audience at every Music on the Mountain concert.
Acclaimed as a versatile artist and passionate believer in music education for all ages, Nakahara leads a series of successful educational and community access concerts with the Spokane Symphony Orchestra every season. In addition, he has been a popular clinician, guest conductor, and speaker at various educational institutions throughout the Northwest. As a personable ambassador for classical music, Nakahara makes frequent appearances on local media outlets as well as at local businesses and service clubs.
A native of Kagoshima, Japan, Nakahara holds a Master of Music degree in Instrumental Conducting from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, where he studied with Rodney Winther. In 1998 he received a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education with distinction from Andrews University. He has done additional conducting studies with Larry Rachleff, Mark Gibson, Jerry Junkin, and Alan Mitchell. He has taught at Eastern Washington University and Andrews University. Currently, he divides his time between Spokane and Columbia, S.C.
In This Photo: Morihiko Nakahara, Spokane Symphony Orchestra Conductor