Nancy Nagano was born and raised in Morro Bay, California. She began her musical studies at a young age with Wachtang “Botso” Korisheli and was a member of the fledgling San Luis Obispo County Youth Symphony. She finished her musical studies in cello performance at the Musikhochschule in Freiburg, Germany. She has played with the Freiburger Theater Orchestra, Southwest German Radio Orchestra, Kobe Chamber Orchestra, and the New Japan Philharmonic. She has also performed solo and chamber music throughout Europe and Japan. For eight years she taught and conducted at the Tokushima Bunri University, where she made her conducting debut (as an alternate for Kent Nagano). This eventually led to her becoming the musical director of the Kochi Symphony Orchestra in Japan. Her performances have included Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Suite with the City Ballet of Tokyo, Opera excerpts from Carmen, La Traviata, La Boheme and several major piano concertos with well-known artists in Japan. She is currently the conductor of the San Luis Obispo Youth Symphony, and performs as a cellist with the San Luis Obispo Symphony and with the string quartet “Beethoven’s Buddies.” Ms. Nagano owns and runs Elite Travel in Morro Bay where she also lives with her husband and two children.