After graduating from Kunitachi College of Music, Nanae moved to the United States where she earned a master’s degree at The Boston Conservatory. She studied under Nancy Zeltsman.
While studying there, she also served as a faculty at the highly regarded Berklee College of Music. She had been an official faculty at Berklee until 2004.
Having won many international competitions in her school years Nanae has been praised for her brilliant technique and rich, dynamic sound full of emotion. She is only the 3rd person ever to be awarded the Premio Alosi (Switzerland). She also won the prize at the Concert Artists Guild Competition in New York in 1999.
Thanks to that meteoric rise she was able to have her debut recital at Carnegie Hall in New York, a site that is aspiration of musicians all over the world. She has made her name know around the world as an international Japanese artist.
While holding most of her concerts in the U.S. she has also been invited to play in Guatemala, where the marimba is a national symbol as well as playing with the Costa Rica National Symphony Orchestra in Costa Rica in the government-sponsored International Festival of Music.
As an international ambassador, she was invited to Columbia, Honduras, Panama and Turkey. She enjoyed performing with local musicians as a cultural exchange program. She held many concerts during tour and welcomed thousands of audience. In all she has been invited to perform in concerts in over 20 countries so far.
As a jury member she was invited to Latin America Marimba Competition in Mexico and Universal Marimba Competition in Belgium in 2013 and the 3rd Italy International Percussion Festival and Competition in 2016.
In Japan, she has released the albums “Marimba Spiritual”,”Universe” and Prana from Sony Records and her 4th solo album Marimba Crystal has been released from Octavia Records in December, 2016.
Since changing her base of activities to Japan in 2006, she has been playing many concerts (solo recitals, concerto concerts or chamber concerts) and had hosted classical and cross over music radio show for 3 years at FM Yokohama.
In 2010, she commissioned marimba concerto to Japanese acclaimed composer, Takashi Yoshimatsu and premiered Marimba Concerto Bird Rhythmics Op. 109 with Kyoto Symphony Orchestra, and following Yamagata Symphony Orchestra, Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra and Tokyo Symphony Orchestra.
The live recording with Yamagata Symphony Orchestra has been released from Columbia Records in Japan in 2014.
Since 2015, she started her own marimba seminar, Yatsugatake Marimba Camp in Nagano where she grew up.
This camp includes group lessons, private lessons, master classes, faculty concert, participants concert and volunteer concerts at hospitals.