2013 Wilson Center Guitar Competition semi-finalist, Nanae Fujiwara received her Bachelors degree in Music Performance from Northeastern Illinois University under the tutelage of Dr. Brian Torosian. She graduated with highest honor, Summa Cum Laude for her 4.0 GPA. Nanae discovered the world of classical guitar at a much later age than most people. At 20 years old, she learned to read standard notation for the first time which was a daunting process but that didn't stop her from wanting to learn the beautiful art form. Her determination and strong passion for the instrument along with the help of her encouraging teacher, Steve Vazquez, ultimately lead her to receiving an AFA in Music from William Rainey Harper College.
Nanae has participated in many masterclasses with world renowned artists including Grammy Award winners Los Angeles Guitar Quartet, Denis Azabagic, Paul O'Dette, Elena Papandreou, Rene Izquierdo, Johannes Möller, William Kanengiser, Scott Tenant, Kyuhee Park, Matthew McAllister and many more. She is the founding member of Lyra Guitar Quartet, who have played in the Chicago area including three sold out concerts. She has experience working for one of the leading guitar organizations of the world, Guitar Foundation of America.
Nanae is very much in tune with classical guitar communities not only in the Chicago area but also in Europe. She has developed world wide connections as she traveled to Germany to attend the 2014 Iserlohn Guitar Symposium and Nürtingen Guitar Festival in 2014 and 2016. Her next journey awaits in Spain, as she gets ready to study at the University of Alicante with guitar giants including David Russell, Pepe Romero, Manuel Barrueco, Fabio Zanon and the Assads. She will receive a Masters Diploma upon completion in June of 2017.
Nanae currently teaches at David Adler Music and Arts Center and at The Music Room. When she is not busy being a classical guitarist, Nanae enjoys spending time with her cat, having a good cup of coffee, eating, cooking, baking, and photography.
How do you say Nanae?
Na-na-eh or Nah-nye (rhymes with bye)