Nonoka Mizukami is a percussionist and educator based in Baltimore, MD who is committed to performing and collaborating multidisciplinary projects with living composers and visual artists in various solo, chamber, and orchestra settings in both Japan and the U.S., and who is also committed to growing music education for young musicians.
Born in Fukui Japan, Nonoka began studying piano at the age of two and a half, and started to play marimba by age ten. She won an Excellence award and the Kobe City Board of Education Excellence Award at the 2007 KOBE International Music Competition, and she has since performed both in Japan and the U.S., including concerto performances with the Central Aichi Symphony Orchestra and Kyoto Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra in Japan, and performances at Kennedy Center in Washington DC. Currently the director of the preparatory percussion group, she serves as the instructor for percussion studies; private lessons, chamber projects, and orchestral training at the Peabody Preparatory. Ms. Mizukami is a post-residency DMA candidate at the Peabody Institute, as well as being a member of mixed ensemble quintet Pique Collective and a timpanist in the Washington Chamber Orchestra. She holds a BM, GPD, and MM from the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University, where she studied with Robert van Sice.