Yuki Nakano (apprentice 2) is working on her performer's certificate at NIU, where she studies with Liam Teague. Her bachelor's degree is from Senzoku Gakuen College in Japan. She has played marimba and percussion for more than 20 years. She won first place in the Panorama Steelband Competition with the Silver Starts Steel Orchestra in 2009 and 2010. She has directed and conducted a steelband. She has taught steelpan and marimba lessons privately since 2008.