South Carolina Philharmonic

The Conductor

In 2011/2012 Morihiko Nakahara completed his fourth year as music director and conductor of the South Carolina Philharmonic. He also serves as resident conductor for the Spokane Symphony in Spokane, Wash. 

Acclaimed as a versatile artist and a passionate believer in music education for all ages, Nakahara leads a series of successful educational and community access concerts every season. In addition to being a popular clinician, guest conductor, and speaker at various educational institutions, Nakahara serves as a personable ambassador for classical music, making frequent appearances on local media outlets as well as at local businesses, and service clubs. Named by the Free Times as one of the 50 most influential people in the Midlands, Nakahara participated in the S.C. Read-In in April, reading to children on the State House steps, and conducted an ensemble of S.C. Philharmonic musicians accompanying the premiere of four short films at Indie Grits’ special performance of “Cinemovements.” 

Nakahara was born in Kagoshima, Japan and came to the U.S. to attend private school in Michigan at the age of 15. He studied at Andrews University in Michigan, where he earned a degree in music education, and got his master’s degree from the Cincinnati College – Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati.

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Updated August 2012.