Professor i viola at the Conservatoire de Musique de Genève
Nobuko Imai is considered one of the leading contemporary viola players. After completing her studies at the Toho 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 Quartet. She has more than ten years’ teaching experience at the Academy of Music in Detmold. She currently teaches at the Conservatory in Amsterdam and is Artistic Adviser at Casals Hall in Tokyo, where she has spent many years in charge of the festival ”Viola Space”.