Robin Hoffmann, Dieter Mack, Mark Andre, Klaus Huber 43. Internationale Ferienkurse für Neue Musik Darmstadt 2006
NEOS 10821 July 2008
ISAO NAKAMURA, born in 1958 in Osaka (Japan), made his debut already at the age of eight with the Japanese matsuri drum at the Festival in Japan. He studied with K. Muramoto, M. Aruga, M. Takahashi and B. Wulff at the University of the Arts in Tokyo and at the Academy of Music in Freiburg.
Concert tours have taken Nakamura through Europe and East Asia, where he performed works by John Cage, Heinz Holliger, Toshio Hosokawa, Mauricio Kagel, Helmut Lachenmann, Hans Ulrich Lehmann, Luigi Nono, Wolfgang Rihm and Karlheinz Stockhausen as a soloist and chamber musician. As a soloist, he has concertised with many orchestras (including the Symphony Orchestras of the BR, WDR, SR and SWR, the Stuttgart State Orchestra, Orchestre National Bordeaux Aquitaine, Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale della Rai, Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra and the Osaka Philharmonic Orchestra) with such conductors as Lothar Zagrosek, Peter Eötvös, Rupert Huber, Steven Sloane, Jonathan Stockhammer, Kazushi Ono and Ken Takaseki. Nakamura has performed at many international festivals. Alongside radio and television productions, he has recorded numerous CDs. In 1995 he founded the Duo Konflikt together with the Korean pianist Kaya Han, and in 2006 the Isao Nakamura Percussion Ensemble. Many composers have written works for him, including Toshio Hosokawa, Klaus Huber, Peter Eötvös, Younghi Pagh-Paan, Robert HP Platz, Gerhard Stäbler, Nikolaus Richter de Vroe, Thomas Lauck and Bernfried Pröve.
Isao Nakamura was awarded the der Kranichstein Music Prize in 1986, the Aoyma Music Prize (Special Prize) in 1992 and the Saji Keizo Prize in 2004. For many years he was an instructor at the Darmstadt Summer Course (1994–2006) and at the Akiyoshidai International Contemporary Music Festival in Japan (1991–1998). Isao Nakamura has been a professor at the Karlsruhe Academy of Music since 1992. He is a Yamaha Artist and guest professor at the State University of the Arts in Kyoto.