Born in 1968 in Japan, Hideki Nagano won first prize at the national student competition at the age of twelve. Following his studies in Tokyo, he continued at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris, where he studied piano with Jean-Claude Pennetier and vocal accompaniment with Anne Grappotte. After graduating with highest honors in vocal accompaniment, piano and chamber music, he was a finalist and/or won prizes in several international competitions including Montreal, Queen Elisabeth and Orléans. In 1998, he received two awards for young talents in Japan (the Muramatsu award and the Idemitsu award), and another award for the best Chopin's interpretation by Japan Chopin Society in 1999.
It has always been important for Hidéki Nagano to pursue relationships with contemporary composers and to transmit lesser known repertoire. He was invited by Pierre Boulez to join the Ensemble Intercontemporain in 1996, and since, he regularly performs as soloist in Europe & Japan as, especially in Festival Musica, Suntory Summer Festival, Festival « Automne à Varsovie » and Mozartwoche in Salzburg.