Nanae Mimura is hailed as one of the most exciting marimba virtuosos of her generation, receiving tremendous praise for both her technical mastery and depth of expression. Winner of the 1999 Concert Artists Guild Competition, she is also the recipient of the prestigious Percussive Arts Society Competition Solo Marimba Prize, the Settimane Musicale di Lugano Solo Competition Prize, and the Japan Percussion Society Award.
She has performed numerous concerts in the USA, Japan, Central America, South America, Europe, and Asia since her debut in 1999. Sony Classical Japan released her debut CD recording, "Marimba Spiritual" in 2000, followed by an extensive Sony "Image" Tour of Japan. Recently, her second CD recording, "Universe" has been released in 2002. She has been featured on radio, television, and in the media throughout Japan. She finished her Master degree in Marimba at The Boston Conservatory in the spring of 2000. Currently, she is a part time faculty at Berklee College of Music in Boston, while she performs concerts in all over the world.