Yuji Nakamura began training as a piano tuner/technician with Yamaha in 1982. He spent the next ten years with the company, initially as a concert tuner and technician in Tokyo, and then in the sales department of the Hokkaido branch office.
In 1993, he joined the Hokkaido Music Academy where he was in charge of training apprentice piano tuners. The following year, he was appointed chief instructor of the academy's piano technique department, a position he held until 1999, when he moved to New Zealand and started working for Jenkin Piano Service.
Yuji tunes for private customers, recording studios and concert venues around Auckland as well as carrying out restoration, rebuilding and repair work. He is also primarily responsible for the training of Jenkin Piano Service's apprentices and is a partner in the company.
In 2008 Yuji undertook specialist grand piano training at the Kawai Shigeru facility in Ryuyo, Japan.
As a member of the New Zealand Piano Tuners' and Technicians' Guild, Yuji has run practical classes at local workshops and at the 2013 Sydney and Perth 2015 Australasian Piano tuners and Technicians Association conventions. He gave a weekend seminar on touch weight and inertia in Upright and Grand pianos to the Queensland branch of the APTTA in October 2014.
In 2014 Yuji contributed two indepth articles investigating touch weight and inertia in Grand piano touch to the prestigeous Piano Tuners Guild magazine (USA). Two further articles on the effects of weight and inertia in Uprights will follow in early 2015
Yuji has been invited by 4 branches of Japan Piano Tuners Association to give seminars on the topic of touch weight and inertia in upright and grand pianos in 2015.
Yuji will be making uploads of his seminars available soon. Check this website.
Yuji lives in Titirangi with his wife and their two children. In his spare time he enjoys relaxing at home with a good book or taking in New Zealand’s spectacular native scenery.