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Izumi Sinfonietta Osaka is the resident orchestra of Izumi Hall. The orchestra was established through a proposal by Akira Nishimura, a composer, who has programmed and supervised a series of concerts titled “New Jouney toward Future of Music”, which is intended to promote contemporary music by Izumi Hall. Since its debut on July 8, 2000, the orchestra has been appearing on stage mainly of the regular concerts and developing its repertoire, giving the first performance of several works and including classic works in its program. It comprises flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, horn, trumpet, trombone, piano, harp, strings and percussion, which can be presented in various combinations according to the requirements of the works they play.
The performers live in or come from Kansai district(Osaka and its outskirt).
Izumi Sinfonietta Osaka received Osaka Performing Arts Prize in 2001.
Music Director: Akira Nishimura
Principal Conductor: Norichika Iimori
Concertmistress: Machie Oguri
Program Adviser: Motoharu Kawashima




Akira Nishimura was born in Osaka 1953. He studied composition and musical theory to post graduate level at Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music. In 1977 he won the first of his numerous later prize winnings at the Queen Elizabeth International Music Composition Competition with HETEROPHONY for string quartet (1975) and the Luigi Dallapiccola Composition Award with MUTAZIONI (1977). In 1980, KECAK (1979) was selected as the best work at the International Rostrum of Composers, and he won awards at the ISCM World Music Days with ODE for EKSTASIS (1981) in 1982, then in 1984, 1988 and 1990. The Otaka Prizes were awarded to him in 1988 for HETEROPHONY for two pianos and orchestra (1987), in 1992 for A RING OF LIGHTS, double concerto for violin, piano and orchestra, in 1993 for INTO THE LIGHTS OF THE ETERNAL CHAOS, and in 2008 for VISION AND MANTRA. In 2001, he was awarded the ExxonMobil Music Prize, the Suntory Music Award in 2004 and the Mainichi Art Prize in 2005. He was composer-in-residence of the Orchestra Ensemble Kanazawa (1993-94) and of the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra (1994-97). In 2007, he was the featured composer of the contemporary music festival “Composium 2007”, held by the Tokyo Opera City Cultural Foundation and judge of the Toru Takemitsu Composition Award.
Nishimura principally employs heterophony, a characteristic device of Asian traditional music, thereby subtly transforming the intervals, rhythm and melody of his dense multi-layered textures. Though similar to 'micropolyphony' of Ligeti, an Asian perspective informs his technique. Some works are heterophonic melodically, such as HETEROPHONY (1975), and some rhythmically, as in KECAK; the superimposition of trills, tremolos and harmonics contributes to the more complex textures of his later works.
He has been commissioned from many overseas music festivals and ensembles such as ULTIMA Contemporary Music Festival Oslo, Octobre en Normandie, Arditti Quartet, Kronos Quartet, ELISION Ensemble, Hannover Society of Contemporary Music, Wien Modern, Warsaw Autumn, Musica (Strasbourg), Brisbane Music Festival and so on.
He is currently a Professor at the Tokyo College of Music and the Musical Director of the Izumi Sinfonietta Osaka.



Maestro Iimori currently holds many important posts worldwide, including that of Music Director for the Yamagata Symphony Orchestra, Principal Conductor of the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra, Principal Conductor of the Izumi Symphonietta Osaka, Honorary Conductor of the Opera House Symphony Orchestra, and Principal Guest Conductor of the Württemberg Philharmonic Orchestra from September 2007, followed by the General Music Director tenured from 2001 to 2006/7 season. After graduating Toho Gakuen School of Music, Iimori served as an assistant to Professor Wolfgang Sawallish at the Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich. He recorded a CD with the Moscow Radio Symphony Orchestra, which was highly praised, and was named guest conductor of that orchestra in 1994. The next year he became a regular conductor (and was named Chief Conductor in 2001) of the Osaka College Opera House Orchestra, and also served as Resident Conductor of the Hiroshima Symphony Orchestra until March 2002.

He led the European tour of the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra in 1996. Their performance in Munich on this tour was lauded by a German newspaper that commented, "Iimori will surely go on to attract international attention." In 1999 he directed the Radio Philharmony Hannover of Northern Germany for the opening concert of the Braunschweiger Kammermusikpodium Chamber Music Festival Braunswick. The same year he conducted the Wurttemberg Philharmonic and toured in Austria. Iimori has been invited to many world-class ensembles including the Radio Symphony Orchestra Frankfurt, the Cologne Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, the Prague Symphony Orchestra (FOK), the Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra of Moscow Radio, the Arthur Rubinstein Philharmonic Orchestra of Poland, the Dortmunt Opera Orchestra of Germany, and the Basel Symphony Orchestra of Switzerland, Norddeutsche Philharmonie Rostock, Neue Philharmonie Westfalen, Sinfonie Orchester Wuppertal, Philharmonie Halle and others. Iimori made his debut concert of Mahler’s First Symphony at a subscription concert of the NHK Symphony Orchestra in 2003 season, and made US debut in 2005 with the Honolulu Symphony Orchestra to great acclaim, followed by the successful re-invitation. Maestro Iimori was awarded "Art Encouragement Prize for Freshman 2006" by Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, for the fruitful activities in entire fields from classical to modern, orchestral and operatic repertoire.



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