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. His performance in the same musical also earned him the Haruko Sugimura Award 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.
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.
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.
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