The Japanese composer Ichiro Nodaira was born in 1953 in Tokyo, where he studied composition at the Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music. A scholarship awarded by the French government enabled him to pursue his training at the Paris Conservatory under the guidance of Henriette Puig-Roget, Betsy Jolas, Serge Nigg, Michel Philippot and Jean Koerner. After earning first prizes in composition, analysis and piano accompaniment, he took part in various courses taught by György Ligeti, Franco Donatoni, Peter Eötvös and Brian Ferneyhough. In 1985 he also participated in the computer music course at Ircam. Since then Ichiro Nodaira has pursued a dual career as pianist and composer. In France he has received commissions from the Ministry for the Arts, the Ensemble InterContemporain and Ircam. As a pianist, he has performed with the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, the Ensemble InterContemporain, the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra, the Tokyo Metropolitan Orchestra and the London Sinfonietta, to name but a few. Ichiro Nodaira was artistic director of the Tokyo Sinfonietta from 1994 to 2000. In 1990 he was appointed lecturer at the University of Fine Arts and Music in Tokyo, a post he still holds today. He will become artistic director of the AOI Hall in Shizuoka (Japan) beginning in the 2005-6 season and is currently at work on his first opera, Madrugada (text by Barry Gifford), with the first performance scheduled for July 2005, under the direction of Kent Nagano.
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