“Samson et Dalila” Splendid perfect performance by Chikara Imamura. (Culture on line, Poland 06.04.2009)

“Samson et Dalila” Performance that very elegant dignity by Imamura's conducting is filled. (Rzeczpospolita, 06.04.2009)

Imamura drew the sound of every nuance from the full score. It was perfectly performance. (www.pik.wroclaw.pl, 08. 04.2009)

 

Chikara Imamura, Associate and then Regular Guest Conductor of the National Opera in Warsaw, conduct since 2002 “Madama Butterfly” and “Japanese Evening” in 2008 and 2010 by the celebration of diplomatic relations between Poland and Japan. He is prize winner of the 2nd Fitelberg Competition for Conductors in Katowice 1983. In 2009 conducted Imamura as a Music Director for premiere of “Samson et Dalila” at the Opera Wroclaw, in coproduction with Teatro Comunale di Bologna, Opéra Royal de Wallnie Liége, Fondazione Teatro Lirico Giuseppe Verdi di Trieste. He conducted “Nabucco” in 2012 in Japan and 9th Symphony of Beethoven at the Musikvereinsaal in Vienna in 2013. He is the President of the Japan Lutosławski Society since 2013 and member of the committee “Forum Poland” in Japan. He was awarded the Order of Cultural Merit, Odznakę honorową “Zasłużony dla Kultury Polskiej”,by Minister of Culture and National Heritage Bogdan Zdrojewski on 10.October 2013.

In 2007 he conducted the Opening Concert of the 12th Lutosławski Forum at the Warsaw Philharmonic, Lutoslawski 4th Symphony and “From me flows what you call time” by Toru Takemitsu in honor of Carnegie Hall’s Centennial Season. In same year he conducted at the National Opera in Warsaw “Madama Butterfly”, Kraków Philharmonic and Silesian Philharmonic in Poland.

He also conducted Opera tour of the Teatr=Wielki of Łódź in 2000 and 2001 “Madama Butterfly” at the National Reisopera in Netherland, the Netherland Dance Theatre in Den Haag, the Lodz Grand Theatre in Poland, also in Amsterdam and in Rotterdam. He conducted “Sonezaki-Shinju” at the Spoleto Opera in Italy and at the National Theatre Opera in Japan in 2005, “Kogetsuden” at the Tokyo Globe Theatre in 2006. He conducted “Le nozze di Figaro” “Don Giovanni” “Così fan tutte” in Japan from 1996-2008. He also conducted hilights of “Turandot” “Tosca” “Gianni Schicchi” “Cavalleria rusticana” “I pagliacci” “Aida” “Carmen” “Die Fledermaus” “Fidelio” “Lulu” “Rusalka” “Häsel und Gretel” “Die Zauberflöte” “Der Rosenkavalier” “Salome” “Capriccio” “Tristan und Iolde” “Die Meistersinger” “Lohengrin”. He conducted the regular concert of the Konzerthaus Berlin in 2000 and German concert-tour of the Sinfonia Varsovia in 2005.

He was the resident conductor of the Orchestra Ensemble Kanazawa (1989-90) , Principal Conductor of the Tokyo Harmonia Chamber Orchestra (1990-96), Chief-Conductor of the Kunitachi Opera(1996-2008) and Nara Chamber Orchestra ( 1996-2010), Music Director of the Filharmonia Tama -Tokyo (since 2004-) and Conductor of the Tokyo Chamber Opera (since 2005-) . 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 Bläser Ensemble, Salzburger Dom Mozarteum Orchestra, North German Philharmonic Rostock, Helsinki Philharmonic, Praha Virtuosi, Karlsbad 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.

Chikara Imamura was born in Osaka, Japan, on 29.01.1954 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 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 from 1978-81. In 1978 and 79, he also attended master classes 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 was first prize and special prize from the National Opera in Warsaw at the 2nd Grzegorz Fitelberg Competition for Conductors. Since 1984 he is guest conductor of conducting polish philharmonic orchestras in Warsaw, Łódź, Kraków, Katowice, Poznań, Bydgoszcz, Gdańsk, Białystok and Lublin.

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, Patrick Gallois, Michala Petri, Peter Damm, Radvan Vlatkovic and Christian Lindberg. Since 1995, he has also been teaching conducting at the Kunitachi College of Music in Tokyo. He teached the Opera Masterclass of Nikikai in 2011 -12. He was a member of jury of the 6th and 7th Fitelberg International Competition for Conductors in Poland.

He will invite the prize winner of the 9th Fitelberg International Competition for Conductor to Japan in this October. 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.

 

 

 

 

“Samson et Dalila” Splendid perfect performance by Chikara Imamura. (Culture on line, Poland 06.04.2009)

“Samson et Dalila” Performance that very elegant dignity by Imamura's conducting is filled. (Rzeczpospolita, 06.04.2009)

Imamura drew the sound of every nuance from the full score. It was perfectly performance. (www.pik.wroclaw.pl, 08. 04.2009)

 

Chikara Imamura, Associate and then Regular Guest Conductor of the National Opera in Warsaw, conduct since 2002 “Madama Butterfly” and “Japanese Evening” in 2008 and 2010 by the celebration of diplomatic relations between Poland and Japan. He is prize winner of the 2nd Fitelberg Competition for Conductors in Katowice 1983. In 2009 conducted Imamura as a Music Director for premiere of “Samson et Dalila” at the Opera Wroclaw, in coproduction with Teatro Comunale di Bologna, Opéra Royal de Wallnie Liége, Fondazione Teatro Lirico Giuseppe Verdi di Trieste. He conducted “Nabucco” in 2012 in Japan and 9th Symphony of Beethoven at the Musikvereinsaal in Vienna in 2013. He is the President of the Japan Lutosławski Society since 2013 and member of the committee “Forum Poland” in Japan. He was awarded the Order of Cultural Merit, Odznakę honorową “Zasłużony dla Kultury Polskiej”,by Minister of Culture and National Heritage Bogdan Zdrojewski on 10.October 2013.

In 2007 he conducted the Opening Concert of the 12th Lutosławski Forum at the Warsaw Philharmonic, Lutoslawski 4th Symphony and “From me flows what you call time” by Toru Takemitsu in honor of Carnegie Hall’s Centennial Season. In same year he conducted at the National Opera in Warsaw “Madama Butterfly”, Kraków Philharmonic and Silesian Philharmonic in Poland.

He also conducted Opera tour of the Teatr=Wielki of Łódź in 2000 and 2001 “Madama Butterfly” at the National Reisopera in Netherland, the Netherland Dance Theatre in Den Haag, the Lodz Grand Theatre in Poland, also in Amsterdam and in Rotterdam. He conducted “Sonezaki-Shinju” at the Spoleto Opera in Italy and at the National Theatre Opera in Japan in 2005, “Kogetsuden” at the Tokyo Globe Theatre in 2006. He conducted “Le nozze di Figaro” “Don Giovanni” “Così fan tutte” in Japan from 1996-2008. He also conducted hilights of “Turandot” “Tosca” “Gianni Schicchi” “Cavalleria rusticana” “I pagliacci” “Aida” “Carmen” “Die Fledermaus” “Fidelio” “Lulu” “Rusalka” “Häsel und Gretel” “Die Zauberflöte” “Der Rosenkavalier” “Salome” “Capriccio” “Tristan und Iolde” “Die Meistersinger” “Lohengrin”. He conducted the regular concert of the Konzerthaus Berlin in 2000 and German concert-tour of the Sinfonia Varsovia in 2005.

He was the resident conductor of the Orchestra Ensemble Kanazawa (1989-90) , Principal Conductor of the Tokyo Harmonia Chamber Orchestra (1990-96), Chief-Conductor of the Kunitachi Opera(1996-2008) and Nara Chamber Orchestra ( 1996-2010), Music Director of the Filharmonia Tama -Tokyo (since 2004-) and Conductor of the Tokyo Chamber Opera (since 2005-) . 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 Bläser Ensemble, Salzburger Dom Mozarteum Orchestra, North German Philharmonic Rostock, Helsinki Philharmonic, Praha Virtuosi, Karlsbad 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.

Chikara Imamura was born in Osaka, Japan, on 29.01.1954 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 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 from 1978-81. In 1978 and 79, he also attended master classes 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 was first prize and special prize from the National Opera in Warsaw at the 2nd Grzegorz Fitelberg Competition for Conductors. Since 1984 he is guest conductor of conducting polish philharmonic orchestras in Warsaw, Łódź, Kraków, Katowice, Poznań, Bydgoszcz, Gdańsk, Białystok and Lublin.

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, Patrick Gallois, Michala Petri, Peter Damm, Radvan Vlatkovic and Christian Lindberg. Since 1995, he has also been teaching conducting at the Kunitachi College of Music in Tokyo. He teached the Opera Masterclass of Nikikai in 2011 -12. He was a member of jury of the 6th and 7th Fitelberg International Competition for Conductors in Poland.

He will invite the prize winner of the 9th Fitelberg International Competition for Conductor to Japan in this October. 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.

 

 

 

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