Norichika Iimori



Norichika Iimori graduated from the conducting department of Toho Gakuen School of Music.

After training in Berlin and Munich, from 1994 he held successive posts including Resident Conductor of the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra, Guest Conductor of the Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra of Moscow Radio, and Resident Conductor of the Hiroshima Symphony Orchestra.

In 1996 he led the European tour of the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra and was lauded in a newspaper which said, "Iimori will surely go on to attract international attention." In 2003, in his first appearance in a regular concert of the NHK Symphony Orchestra, Iimori conducted a successful performance of Mahler’s First Symphony.

In 2006 he was awarded the “Art Encouragement Prize for Freshman” from the Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology. Iimori has been invited to conduct many world-class orchestras including the Radio Symphony Orchestra Frankfurt, Cologne Radio Symphony Orchestra, Czech Philharmonic, and Prague Symphony Orchestra. In 2001 he became General Managing Director of the Württemberg Philharmonic Orchestra, with which he recorded the complete Beethoven Symphonies and carried out a successful Japan tour.

Currently, Norichika Iimori is Music Director of the Yamagata Symphony Orchestra, Principal Conductor of the Japan Century Symphony Orchestra, Resident Conductor of the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra, and Principal Guest Conductor of the Württemberg Philharmonic Orchestra.

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