Japanese guitarist, Nanae, has traveled all over the world with her guitar. She shares her music and practice tips on Instagram where she has over 30K followers. She has performed in various cities in Spain, Germany, Kansas City, New York City, and throughout the greater Chicago area. She is the founding member of Lyra Guitar Quartet, a board member of the Chicago Classical Guitar Society, and an Ex-Aequo artist.
Nanae received her Bachelors in Music with highest honors, summa cum laude, from Northeastern Illinois University. She completed her Masters in Classical Guitar Performance from the University of Alicante, Spain, where she studied with Pepe Romero, David Russell, Manuel Barrueco, Assad brothers, Fabio Zanon and Ignacio Rodes. Her journey of classical guitar began at Harper College, under the tutelage of Steve Vazquez. She now teaches piano, ukulele, and guitar at four different music studios throughout the Chicago area. She has accumulated 8 years of teaching experience for students of all ages and levels. Nanae is endorsed by Augustine Strings LTD. She uses Augustine Imperial Reds on her guitar made by Richard Bruné.