Nakamura Shotaro was born in Sanda City, Hyogo Prefecture, Japan. He began playing the violin at the age of four. He converted to the viola when he entered Tokyo University of the Arts Attached High School. Nakamura has studied the viola with Hyakutake Yuki and Kawasaki Kazunori.
He has won many prizes including First Prize in the strings division at the 15th Concert Marronnier 21. He is active in Japan and overseas and has performed at the Festival de Saintes and also performed with members from the Vienna Philharmonic and Berlin Philharmonic Orchestras. Nakamura has performed as principal guest violist in the Osaka Philharmonic Orchestra, Japan Century Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra Ensemble Kanazawa, Tokyo Symphony Orchestra, and Vietnam National Symphony Orchestra. He is also active in his hometown Sanda in Kansai area holding a concert “Mid-winter Heated Classic” every year.
Nakamura won the Doseikai Award, Acanthus Music Award, and Mitsubishi Estate Award in the university. He is teaching at the Tokyo Junior Orchestra Society. Nakamura is a leader of string ensemble TGS and a member of Alto de Campagne (viola quartet). After graduating from Tokyo University of the Arts, he joined the NHK Symphony Orchestra Academy, and he is currently an acting principal violist in the NHK Symphony Orchestra.