Akinori Nakagawa

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Akinori Nakagawa
Birth name Akinori Nakagawa
Born (1982-11-05) 5 November 1982 (age 35)
Sendai, Japan
Genres Pop, R&B
Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter, actor
Years active 2001–present
Website Official website

Akinori Nakagawa (中川 晃教, Nakagawa Akinori, born 5 November 1982, in Sendai) is a Japanese singer, songwriter and actor. In 2001, he debuted as a singer with "I Will Get Your Kiss". In 2002, he appeared in the musical Mozart!, in which he played the leading role and received a Rookie of the Year Award in the drama division at the 57th National Arts Festival held by the Agency of Cultural Affairs, Government of Japan.[1] His performance in the same musical also earned him the Haruko Sugimura Award[2] and an award nomination for best actor in the 10th Yomiuri Drama Awards. Since then, he has performed in a number of musicals while still actively pursuing his musical career.

Biography[edit]

Early life[edit]

Akinori Nakagawa was born in 1982 and raised in Sendai, Miyagi. He began to learn classical piano while in kindergarten.

In 1997, he participated a music contest named "Teens Music Festival" hosted by Yamaha in Tohoku region and he became the youngest prize winner. He would have advanced the National contest, but the song he sang was not his own song, so he could not enter it. In 1998, he participated the contest with his sister again and he advanced to the National contest and took a second place of the contest.

Music career[edit]

Akinori Nakagawa and his sister's appearance on the TV documentary program was decided after the parent of his classmate, TV producer, watched his and his sister singing songs at the school festival.

On 1 August 2001, Akinori Nakagawa debuted with his first single, "I Will Get Your Kiss". The song was used as the theme song in the Japanese TV drama Maria, and sold over 200,000 copies. In 2004, he made his album debut in Taiwan.

Discography[edit]

Akinori Nakagawa discography
Studio albums 4
Compilation albums 1
Music videos 6
Singles 6
Soundtrack albums 2
DVDs 6

Studio albums[edit]

Year Title Release date
2001 Akinori Nakagawa 5 December 2001
2004 Himself 17 March 2004
2005 Oasis 25 May 2005
2005 Sabaku 22 June 2005

Compilation albums[edit]

Year Title Release date
2006 Akinori Nakagawa 2001-2005 22 February 2006

Soundtracks (Cast recording)[edit]

Year Title Release date
2005 Mozart! - Cast recording 1 December 2005
2005 Shiroh - Cast recording

Singles[edit]

Year Title Release date
2001 "I Will Get Your Kiss" 1 August 2001
2001 "I Say Good-bye" 7 November 2001
2002 "White Shiny Street" 29 May 2002
2004 "Matador" 7 January 2004
2005 "Seru no Koi" 17 August 2005
2007 "Owaranai Christmas" 21 November 2007

Music videos[edit]

Year Title Release date
2004 Akinori Nakagawa Concert 2003 Matador 28 July 2004
2007 Shinka-ron 20 June 2007
2010 Skin vs Shampoo 20 July 2010
2010 Owaranai Christmas 20 August 2010
2010 Ongaku ga kierukoto no nai Dance Floor 20 September 2010
2010 Ongaku ga Kierukoto no nai Dance Floor in Akasaka Blitz 8 December 2010

DVDs (Live on stage DVD)[edit]

Year Title Release date
2005 Candide 9 October 2005
2007 Shiroh 30 November 2007
2011 Samurai 7 6 April 2011
2011 X day 13 May 2011
2012 Legend of the Galactic Heroes "Jiyū Wakusei Dōmei" 20 July 2012
2012 Legend of the Galactic Heroes "Gekitsui-ō" 2 November 2012

Tours and concerts[edit]

Year Title Duration Number of
performances
2003 Akinori Nakagawa First Live 2003 Tour 10 April – 15 May 2003 3
10 April: Shibuya Club Quattro (Tokyo), 15 May: Shinsaibashi Club Quattro (Osaka)
2003 Street Club Zone 2nd "It's Show Time" 29–31 July 2003 2
29 July: Rihga Royal Hotel (Osaka), 31 July: Grand Prince Hotel Akasaka (Tokyo)
2003 Akinori Nakagawa Concert 2003 Matador 20 December 2003 1
20 December Nakano Sun Plaza(Tokyo)
2003 Taipei First Live 29 January 2005 1
29 January: Red Play House (Taipei)
2005 Nakagawa Akinori Live Tour Code: 2005 Sabaku/Oasis 19–23 December 2005 4
19–20 December: Shibuya Club Quattro (Tokyo), 22 December: Fukuoka Drum Be-1 (Fukuoka), 23 December: Shinsaibashi Club Quattro (Osaka)
2006 Live Act "BLUE DREAM" 22 November – 13 December 2006 9
22–26 November: Setagaya Public Theater(Tokyo), 11 December: Chunichi Theatre (Aichi), 12–13 December: Shinkobe Oriental Theater
2007 Lukas Perman × Akinori Nakagawa Concert 30 May – 8 June 2007 3
30–31 May: Umeda Arts Theater(Osaka), 8 June: Shibuya C. C. Lemon Hall (Tokyo)
2008 Akinori Nakagawa Concert 2008 Owaranai Christmas 13–28 March 2008 6
13–14 March: Nakano Sun Plaza (Tokyo), 24–25 March: Osaka Kousei Nenkin Kaikan (Osaka), 27–28 March: Aichi Kosei Nenkin Kaikan (Aichi)
2008 Shampoo 17 June - 5 October 2008 3
17 June: STB139 (Tokyo), 5 October: Harajuku Quest Hall (Tokyo)
2008 Bob 21 September – 8 November 2008 3
21 September: STB139 (Tokyo), 14 October: Harajuku Quest Hall (Tokyo), 8 November: Ikebukuro Amlux Hall (Tokyo)
2008 Akinori Nakagawa Live tour 2008 Skin 18 November – 9 December 2008 4
18 November: Nagoya Ell. Fits All (Aichi), 19–20 November: Knave (Osaka), 9 December: Akasaka Blitz (Tokyo)
2009 Concert 2009 The Life is Contact 26 April 2009 1
26 April: Akasaka Blitz (Tokyo)
2009 House! 6 September 2009 2
6 September: STB139 (Tokyo)
2009 Akinori Nakagawa Plugless Concert 2009 20 November – 26 December 2009 4
20–21 November, 26 December: Hakuju Hall (Tokyo)
2010 Tea 4 every 1 7 February 2010 2
7 February: STB139 (Tokyo)
2010 Tokyo Bunka Kaikan Popular week 2010 25 February 2010 1
25 February: Tokyo Bunka Kaikan(Tokyo)
2010 Akinori Nakagawa Meets Aoyama Gakuin 13 March 2010 1
13 March: Aoyama Gakuin University(Tokyo)
2010 Kentetsu Kou * Akinori Nakagawa Ikiru Recipe 20 March 2010 2
20 March: STB139 (Tokyo)
2010 Akinori Nakagawa Concert 2010 "Ongaku ga Kierukoto no nai Dance Floor" 15 May - 22 October 2010 6
15 May: Shibuya-AX (Tokyo), 10 October: Akasaka Blitz (Tokyo), 21 October: Nagoya Blue Note (Aichi), 22 October: Billboard Live Osaka (Osaka)
2010 Akinori Nakagawa Concert 2010 Hakuju Hall 24 December 2010 1
24 December: Hakuju Hall (Tokyo)
2011 Tokyo Bunka Kaikan Popular week 2011 17 February 2011 1
17 February: Tokyo Bunka Kaikan (Tokyo)
2011 Akinori Nakagawa Live 2011 23 February - 30 April 2011 6
23 February: Cotton Club (Tokyo), 28 April: Nagoya Blue Note (Aichi), 30 April: Billboard Live Osaka (Osaka)
2011 Akinori Nakagawa "Love for Japan" 1 May 2011 2
1 May: Cotton Club (Tokyo)
2011 Akinori Nakagawa 10th anniversary concert "Yellow", "Black", "White" 9–11 September 2011 3
9 September:Theater BRAVA!(Osaka), 10–11 September: Akasaka Blitz (Tokyo)
2011 Akinori Nakagawa concert 2011 Owaranai Christmas 22 December 2011 2
22 December: Billboard Live Osaka (Osaka)
2011 Akinori Nakagawa concert 2011 "The Wiz" 24–26 December 2011 4
24 December, 26 December: Hakuju Hall (Tokyo)
2012 Tokyo Bunka Kaikan Popular week 2012 16 February 2012 1
16 February: Tokyo Bunka Kaikan (Tokyo)
2012 Akinori Nakagawa Concert 2012 Hakuju Hall 17 March 2012 2
17 March: Hakuju Hall (Tokyo)
2012 Akinori Nakagawa Live 2012 Nagoya Blue Note 26 May 2012 2
26 May: Nagoya Blue Note (Aichi)
2012 Akinori Nakagawa Live 2012 in Osaka "PopChic" 18 August 2012 2
18 August: Billboard Live Osaka (Osaka)
2012 Akinori Nakagawa Concert 2012 in Hakuju Hall vol.2 22-23 September 2012 4
22-23 September: Hakuju Hall (Tokyo)

Works[edit]

Stage[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2002 Mozart! Wolfgang Mozart Main role
2003 Pure Love Jun Main role
2004 Candide Candide Main role
himself Hamlet Main role
Shiroh Shiroh Main role
2005 Mozart! Wolfgang Mozart Main role
2006 Our House Joe Main role
2007 The Who's Tommy Tommy Main role
Eréndira Ulises Main role
Mozart! Wolfgang Mozart Main role
2008 Love Letters Andrew Makepeace Ladd, III
2009 Saiyuki (西遊記) (Super Monkey) Sun Wukong Cancelled
Onna Nobunaga Mitsuhide Akechi
7Days Judgement Akutsu Shinji
2010 Songoku vs Songoku Xuanzang Beijing opera
Watashi no Atama no naka no Keshigomu Takahara Kōsuke
X day Seiji
Samurai 7 Ukyō
Love Letters Andrew Makepeace Ladd, III
2011 Underground Parade D.D.
Kaze wo Musunde Katayama Heigo Main role
Gegege no ge – ōma ga toki ni Yureru Buranko Kitarō
I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change
Love Letters at Sixty
2012 Chess in Concert Freddie
Samurai 7 Ukyō
Legend of the Galactic Heroes "Jiyū Wakusei Dōmei" Olivier Poplin
Miyazawa Kenji ga Tsutaerukoto
Promises, Promises in Concert Chuck Baxter Main role
Tattoo14 Sky
Hakurai Jōtō Dōdekka Hayashi Hirotaka Main role
Legend of the Galactic Heroes "Gekitsui-ō" Olivier Poplin Main role
Bushi no O Takata Gunbe
Hoshi Meguri no Uta
2013 Mozart, l'opéra rock Wolfgang Mozart Main role

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2009 Tenchijin Hidetada Tokugawa Taiga drama, four episodes
Konkatsu Rikatsu Shogo Kayama NHK Television

Awards and nominations[edit]

Awards[edit]

  • All Japan Request Awards - New artist of the year - "I Will Get Your Kiss" [3]
  • National Arts Festival Award for Rookie of the Year in the drama division - Mozart![4]
  • Haruko Sugimura Award in a Musical - Mozart!
  • Yomiuri Drama Awards in a Musical - Mozart!

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Theater guide" (in Japanese). Theater guide. Retrieved 6 February 2017. 
  2. ^ "Yomiuri Drama Award official site" (in Japanese). Yomiuri Shimbun. Archived from the original on 17 July 2004. Retrieved 6 February 2017. 
  3. ^ "All Japan Request Awards" (in Japanese). CANSYSTEM. Retrieved 7 March 2010. 
  4. ^ "National Arts Festival Award Winners" (PDF) (in Japanese). Agency for Cultural Affairs. Retrieved 6 February 2017. 

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