Nobuko Imai – viola
A former member of the renowned Vermeer Quartet, Nobuko Imai combines a distinguished international career as a soloist, chamber musician, member of the Michelangelo Quartet and educator. She has appeared with many prestigious orchestras including the Berlin Philharmonic, Concertgebouw, and the London, Boston and Chicago Symphony orchestras. Her chamber music collaborators include Gidon Kremer, Midori, Mischa Maisky, Yo Yo Ma, Sir András Schiff and Martha Argerich. She has dedicated a large part of her artistic activities to exploring the diverse potential of the viola, with events such as the annual ‘Viola Space’ project, the Hindemith Festivals (1995/6) and the Tokyo International Viola Competition, the first international competition in Asia exclusively for viola. Nobuko Imai has made more than 40 records for BIS, Chandos, Phillips, Sony and other labels.