Nobuko Imai / Photo: Marco Borggreve

Nobuko Imai

Nobuko Imai


Nobuko Imai is considered one of the leading contemporary viola players. After completing her studies at the Toho Gakuen School of Music in Japan, Yale University and the Juilliard School in the USA, she won top awards at the international competitions in Munich and Geneva. She combines her international solo career - which has brought her together with orchestras of worldwide renown - with numerous performances as a chamber musician. Her chamber music partners include Gidon Kremer, Yo-Yo Ma, Itzhak Perlman, András Schiff, Isaac Stern and Pinchas Zukerman.

Nobuko Imai was formerly a member of the famous Vermeer Quartet and is today a member of the Michelangelo String Quartet. She spent many years as a professor at the Conservatories in Detmold and Amsterdam and currently teaches at the Conservatory in Geneva. She is also the Artistic Adviser at Casals Hall in Tokyo, where she has spent many years directing the Viola Space Festival.

Last updated: February 2017