Chikara Imamura, Regular Guest Conductor of the National Opera in Warsaw,
conducted as a music director in April 2009 premiere of “Samson et Dalila”,
in coproduction with Teatro Comunale di Bologna, Opera Royal de Wallnie
Liege, Fondazione Teatro Lirico Giuseppe Verdi di Trieste, at the Opera
Wroclaw in Poland, where conducted Carl Maria von Weber, Bruno Walter,
Hans von Bulow and Franz Liszt.
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, Warsaw
Philharmonic, Polish Radio Symphony in Katowice, Krakow Philharmonic, Sinfonia
Varsovia, Lithuanian National Symphony, Prague Virtuosi, NHK Symphony, Tokyo and New Japan
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 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 third prize at the Herbert von Karajan conducting competition
in 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 and Dieter-Gerhard
Worm at the Salzburg Summer Academy, where he conducted the concluding
concert in 1979. He was assistant to 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 Conductor
Imamura is conducting since 2002 "Madama Butterfly" at the National
Opera in Warsaw as the associate and regular guest conductor. He was also musical coperation
of “Don Giovanni” at the National Opera in Warsaw. He also conducted
“Madama Butterfly” in Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Den Haag, Enschede and at
the Lodz Grand Theatre in 2000 and 2001. He conducted “Sonezaki-Shinju”
at the Spoleto Opera?Teatro Lilico Sperimentale “A Belli” in Italy and
at the National Theatre Opera in Japan in 2005, “Kogetsuden” at the Tokyo
Globe Theatre in 2006. In 2008 he conducted “Madama Butterfly” at the
Stara Zagora State Opera in Bulgaria. He conducted the regular concert
of the Konzerthaus Berlin in 2000 and German concert-tour of the Sinfonia
Varsovia in 2005.
conducted "La boheme" "Madama
Butterfly" "Samson et Dalila" "Le
nozze di Figaro" "Don Giovanni" "Cosi
fan tutte". He conducted hilights
"Tosca" "Gianni Schicchi"
"Edgar" "Cavalleria rusticana" "I pagliacci"
"L'elisir d'amore" "Don Pasquale" "Carmen" "Die
Fledermaus" "Grafin Mariza".
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 and Nara Chamber Orchestra (since 1996-), Music Director of
the Tama Philharmonic Society-Tokyo (since 2004-) and Conductor of the Tokyo
Chamber Opera (since 2005-) .
He has made numerous recordings for EMI, Deutsche Telefunken, King Record,
as well as live broadcasts for various radio and television stations including
NHK, TV Asahi and NTV Japan.
has collaborated with a number of distinguished soloists including Sheila
Armstrong, John Shirley-Quirk, David Rendall, Antonello Palombi, Steven
Harrison, Jorg Demus, Karl-Hermann Mrongovius, Patrick Gallois, Michala Petri,
Peter Damm, Radvan Vlatkovic and Christian Lindberg.
Since 1995, he has also been teaching orchestral choral and operatic conducting
at the Kunitachi College of Music in Tokyo. He was a member of jury of the 6th and 7th Fitelberg International Competition for Conductors in Poland.
* “Samson et Dalila” Splendid perfect performance by Chikara Imamura
(Culture on line, Poland06.04.2009)
* “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)drew the sound of every nuance from the full score. It was perfectly performance.
(www.pik.wroclaw.pl, 08. 04.2009
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