Ichiro Nodaira

b. 1953



Japanese composer, music educator and pianist Ichiro Nodaira was born in Tokyo on May 5th 1953. He studied at the Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music and received his Master of Music from the institution. After being awarded a scholarship from the French government, Nodaira moved to Paris and began study at the conservatory there. He later attended a summer course at Darmstadt, where he received tuition from Franco donatoni and György Ligeti. He was also taught by Brian Ferneyhough at the Institut de Recherche et coordination Acoustique/Musique (IRCAM). 

For much of the 1980s he worked mainly as a pianist, both in ensembles and as a soloist. Some noted ensembles include the Philharmonic Orchestra of Radio France, the London Sinfonietta, Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra and the Chamber Orchestra of Moscow. He has premiered a range of piano works by both Japanese and European composers. From 1990 to 2002 he worked as a professor at the Tokyo University of the Arts. In 2005, he was appointed as artistic director of the AOI Concert Hall Shizuoka and in 2007 he was chosen as the guest composer for the University of Music and Performing Arts ‘Mozarteum’ in Salzburg. He has written more than 80 works for orchestra, chamber orchestra, voice and musical theatre and continues to compose today.