Koji Nakamura
Japanese Taiko Drummer

Koji Nakamura was born in 1960 in Hyogo, Japan, and is one of the original three performers who established the Shumei Taiko Ensemble, an internationally-acclaimed Japanese taiko drum ensemble.

In 1982, Mr. Nakamura participated in Ondekoza, one of the most well-known professional taiko groups in Japan, to learn drumming. While a member of this group, he participated in their European tour through France, Holland, Germany, Switzerland, Belgium and England in 1984. He also participated in the Montor Jazz Festival in Switzerland and the Edinburg Festival in England.

After the European tour, Mr. Nakamura focused his attention on creating the Shumei Taiko Ensemble. Under the direction of Meisho Tosha, a Master of the Japanese bamboo flute, the Shumei Taiko Ensemble has become one of the top taiko groups in Japan. In 1989, the ensemble performed in Hong Kong, and in 1996, they made their first tour in the U.S., which included a performance at the Interfaith Service in New York.

In 1999, Mr. Nakamura performed at the Parliament of World Religions and participated in the World Festival of Sacred Music promoted by His Holiness Dalai Lama XIV in South Africa. In 2000, he performed at the opening ceremony of the Millennium World Peace Summit at the United Nations Headquarters in New York.

Currently, he is moving to the United States to teach drumming to young people in order to contribute to the betterment of the community.