unfortunately won't participate this year.
With her exceptional talent, musical integrity, and charisma, NOBUKO IMAI is considered to be one of the most outstanding violist of our time.
Formerly a meber of the esteemed Vermeer and Michelangelo Quartet, she combines a distinguished international career as a soloist, chamber musician, and educator. She has appeared with many of the world’s prestigious orchestras such as the Berlin Philharmonic, the Royal Concertgebouw, the London, Boston, and Chicago Symphony, among many others. Her chamber music collaborators include Gidon Kremer, Midori, Mischa Maisky, Yo Yo Ma, Andras Schiff and Martha Argerich.
Ms. Imai has dedicated a large part of her artistic activities to explore the diverse potential of the viola, such as annual “Viola Space” project, Hindemith Festivals (1995/1996), and The Tokyo International Viola Competition, the first international competition in Asia exclusively for viola. She has made more than 40 recordings for BIS, Chandos, Philips, Sony among others.
Currently she is a professor at Amsterdam Conservatory, Kronberg Academy, and Queen Sofia College of Music in Madrid. She is also a professor extraordinarius at Ueno Gakuen University in Tokyo.