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Chikara Imamura

Chikara Imamura was born in Osaka, Japan in 1954 and completed a multi-faceted musical education in piano, vocal, instrument and composition. He studied at the Kunitachi College of Music and Tohogakuen in Tokyo. In 1972 he began to study conducting with Masamitsu Takahashi and from 1976 with Seiji Ozawa, Tadaaki Otaka and Professor Franco Ferrara. During this period, he conducted the orchestra and opera of the Tohogakuen College of Music, Tokyo Radio Chorus and NHK TV-Opera. From 1976 -1978 he held the position of Conductor of the Tokyo Academic Chorus and Jeunesses Musicales of Japan.
Having received 3rd prize at the Herbert von Karajan conducting competition Japan in 1977, Imamura came one year later to Europe, participating in the Orchestra Academy of the Berlin Philharmonic by Karajan foundation from 1978-81. In 1978 and 79, he also attended Masterclasses with Milan Horvat at the Salzburg Summer Academy, where he conducted the concluding concert in 1979. He recorded with the 12 Cellists of the Berlin Philharmonic. In 1980 he was finalist at the Guido Cantelli Conducting Competition in Milan and in 1983 he won first prize and special prize from the National Opera in Warsaw at the 2nd Grzegorz Fitelberg Competition for Conductors. Imamura was the Resident Conductor of the Sendai Philharmonic (1981-1983) and since 1984 he is guest conductor of polish numerous philharmonic orchestras in Warsaw, Łódź, Kraków, Katowice, Poznań, Bydgoszcz, Gdańsk, Białystok, Lublin, Wałbrzych and Jelenia Góra. He was the Resident Conductor of the Orchestra Ensemble Kanazawa (1989-90) , Principal Conductor of the Tokyo Harmonia Chamber Orchestra (1990-96), Nara Chamber Orchestra (1996-2010) and Music Director of the Filharmonia Tama -Tokyo (since 2004-). Imamura conducted all of the distinguished European and Japanese orchestras, including the Berlin Philharmonic, Orchestra Filharmonico della Scala Milan, Orchestra della RAI Milan, Vienna Philharmonic Wind Ensemble, Salzburger Dom Mozarteum Orchestra, North German Philharmonic Rostock, Helsinki Philharmonic, Praha Virtuosi, Karlovy Vary Symphony, Warsaw Philharmonic, Polish Radio Symphony in Katowice, Sinfonia Varsovia, Lithuanian National Symphony, NHK Symphony, Yomiuri Nippon Symphony, Tokyo Symphony, Tokyo Philharmonic, Japan Philharmonic and almost all japanese major orchestras.

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ll in Japan, Finlandia Hall, Warsaw Philharmonic Hall with the Opening Concert of the 12th Lutosławski Forum. He will perform in Smetana Hall in Prague in 2018. He is the Chairman of the Japan Lutosławski Society since 2013 and member of the committee “Forum Poland” in Japan. He was awarded the Order of Polish Cultural Merit from Poland. He was a member of jury of the 6th and 7th Fitelberg International Competition for Conductors in Poland. He organized charity-concert for Warsaw University in 1992. Also he introduced several compositions of Adam Jarzȩbski at the Exibition of the “Treasures of Poland”in Japan in 2010. He conducted and introduced in Japan a lot of polish music, Lutosawski, Karłowicz, Noskowski, Górecki, Serocki, Szymanowski and Chopin. He has made numerous recordings for EMI, BIS, Deutsche Telefunken, King Record, as well as live broadcasts for various radio and television stations including NHK, TV Asahi and NTV Japan. Imamura has collaborated with a number of distinguished soloists including Piotr Paleczny, Regina Smendzianka, Jörg Demus, Vadim Sakharov, Sheila Armstrong, John Shirley-Quirk, David Rendall, Antonello Palombi, Steven Harrison, Davide Alogna, Patrick Gallois, Michala Petri, Peter Damm, Radvan Vlatkovic, Dariusz Mikulski and Christian Lindberg. Since 1995, he has also been teaching conducting at the Kunitachi College of Music in Tokyo and Shobi University. He teached the Opera Masterclass of Nikikai in 2011 -12.