Yuuka Nakamura grew up on Tokyo and started playing the piano at the age of 4, and at age 12 started playing the saxophone. Yuuka then went on to graduate with a degree in saxophone from the Musashino Music College - Department of Instrument Music.
She proceeded to further her studies in France at the Conservatoire de Chartres where she finished with a Special Excellence Award. While in France, she served as the first alto saxophonist in the Chartres big band, the Boulogne Brass band, and appeared in numerous concerts. She has also worked as a soloist.