Sendai International Music Competition




NODAIRA Ichiro (Japan)

Jury Member, Piano Section

Ichiro Nodaira (b. 1953, Tokyo), composer concert pianist and conductor, graduated in composition from the Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music. In 1978, he went to Paris on a scholarship granted by the French government and continued his studies at Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris.

Mr. Nodaira has performed as a piano soloist with many orchestras, and as chamber musician with many prominent soloists. He performed the world premiere of P.Manoury <Pluton> <Passacaille de Tokyo>, G.Benjamin <Antara>, Y.Matsudaira <4th Piano Concerto>, and the Japan premiere of G.Ligeti <Piano Concerto>, T.Takemitsu <A Bird came down the Walk>.

To date, Mr. Nodaira has composed over 100 works for orchestra, opera, chamber ensemble, and solo instruments commissioned by the French Ministry of Culture, the Ensemble Intercontemporain, IRCAM, Biennale of Venis, the Deutche Simfonie Orchester Berlin, the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, the National Theatre of Japan and other festivals, institutions.

Mr. Nodaira composed premiered by Steve Vai in 2002, and the opera , premiered under the baton of Kent Nagano in Germany in 2005. He also composed for saxophone and computer to be premiered by Claude Delangle in Paris in 2012. He was invited to the “The SEASONS” International Music Festival in Moscow in 2013 and to the Taipei International New Music Festival in 2014.

Mr. Nodaira has received many prizes: the 44th Otaka Award, the 46th Education Minister’s Art Encourage Prize for Freshmen (1996), the 35th Suntory Musical Award (2004), 55th Art Encourage Prize offered by the Ministry of Education and Culture (2005), and the 61th Otaka Award (2013). He received the purple ribbon from the Japanese government in 2012.

Mr. Nodaira is a professor at Tokyo University of the Arts (Composition departement). He is also artistic director of the concert hall AOI of Shizuoka city.