Norichika Iimori Conductor
After graduating Toho Gakuen School of Music in 1986, Norichika Iimori went to Berlin to continue his music studies. In 1989 he was sent by Japan’s Agency for Cultural Affairs to study at the Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich, where be served as an assistant to Professor Wolfgang Sawallish, then the Staatsoper’s music director.
In 1994 he became the Resident Conductor of the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra.
The Same year he conducted on a successful concert tour of Portugal with the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra. In 1995 he became Chief Conductor of the Osaka House Orchestra and Resident Conductor of the Hiroshima Symphony Orchestra. He conducted the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra on a fiftieth anniversary concert tour of Europe in 1996. A performance in Munich on this tour was lauded by a German newspaper that commented “It is likely that Iimori will eventually come to world attention.” His subscription concerts with the Tokyo Symphony have included many especially memorable performances.
Iimori has been invited to conduct many world-class orchestras including the Radio Symphony Orchestra Frankfurt, the Cologne Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Czech Philharmony, the Prague Symphony Orchestra(FOK) and the Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra of Moscow Radio.
In 1999 he conducted the Radio Philharmony Hannover of Northern Germany for the opening concert of the Braunschweiger Kammermusikpodium Chamber Music Festival Braunswick. The same year he conducted a subscription concert Wurttemberg Philharmonic and toured with the same orchestra. In addition, he conducted subscription concerts of the Radio Symphony Orchestra Frankfurt and the Arthur Rubinstein Philharmonic Orchestra of Poland. In September, 2000, he became Principal Guest Conductor of the later orchestra which is the second oldest in Poland.
He presently has a long-term schedule as guest conductor of such orchestras as the St. Petersburg Philharmonic, the Prague Symphony Orchestra, the Basel Symphony Orchestra, and the Cologne Radio Symphony Orchestra.
From the start of the 2001-2002 season, he took over as General Music Director and Principal Conductor of the Wurttemberg Phil, based in Reutlingen.