Chikara Imamura, was awarded a Order of Polish Cultural Merit by Polish Minister of Culture and National Heritage Bogdan Zdrojewski in 2013, was Regular Guest Conductor of the National Opera in Warsaw, conducted as a music director in April 2009 premiere of “Samson et Dalila,” in coproduction with Teatro Comunale di Bologna, Opera Royal de Wallnie Liege, Fondazione Teatro Lirico Giuseppe Verdi di Trieste, at the Opera Wroclaw in Poland, where conducted Carl Maria von Weber, Bruno Walter, Hans von Bulow and Franz Liszt.
Chikara Imamura conducted all of the distinguished European and Japanese orchestras, including the Berlin Philharmonic, Orchestra Filharmonico della Scala Milan, Orchestra della RAI Milan, Vienna Philharmonic Wind Ensemble, Salzburger Dom Mozarteum Orchestra, North German Philharmonic Rostock, Helsinki Philharmonic, Warsaw Philharmonic, Polish Radio Symphony in Katowice, Krakow Philharmonic, Sinfonia Varsovia, Lithuanian National Symphony, Prague Virtuosi, NHK Symphony, Tokyo and New Japan Philharmonic.
Chikara Imamura was born in Osaka, Japan, in 1954 and completed a multi-faceted musical education in piano, vocal, instrument and composition. He studied at the Kunitachi College of Music and Tohogakuen in Tokyo. In 1972 he began to study conducting with Masamitsu Takahashi and from 1976 with Seiji Ozawa and Professor Franco Ferrara. During this period, he conducted the orchestra and opera of the Tohogakuen College of Music, Tokyo Radio Chorus and NHK TV-Opera. From 1976 -1978 he held the position of Conductor of the Tokyo Academic Chorus and Jeunesses Musicales of Japan.
Having received third prize at the Herbert von Karajan conducting competition in Japan in 1977, Imamura came one year later to Europe, participating in the Orchestra Academy of the Berlin Philharmonic from 1978-81. In 1978 and 79, he also attended master classes with Milan Horvat and Dieter-Gerhard Worm at the Salzburg Summer Academy, where he conducted the concluding concert in 1979. He was assistant to the 12 Cellists of the Berlin Philharmonic. In 1980 he was finalist at the Guido Cantelli Conducting Competition in Milan and in 1983 he was first prize and special prize from the National Opera in Warsaw at the 2nd Grzegorz Fitelberg Competition for Conductor in Poland.
Imamura is conducting since 2002 “Madama Butterfly” at the National Opera in Warsaw as the associate and regular guest conductor. He was also musical coperation of “Don Giovanni” at the National Opera in Warsaw. He also conducted “Madama Butterfly” in Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Den Haag, Enschede and at the Lodz Grand Theatre in 2000 and 2001. He conducted “Sonezaki-Shinju” at the Spoleto Opera?Teatro Lilico Sperimentale “A Belli” in Italy and at the National Theatre Opera in Japan in 2005, “Kogetsuden” at the Tokyo Globe Theatre in 2006. In 2008 he conducted “Madama Butterfly” at the Stara Zagora State Opera in Bulgaria. He conducted the regular concert of the Konzerthaus Berlin in 2000 and German concert-tour of the Sinfonia Varsovia in 2005.
He conducted “La boheme” “Madama Butterfly” “Samson et Dalila” “Le nozze di Figaro” “Don Giovanni” “Cosi fan tutte.” He conducted hilights of “Turandot” “Tosca” “Gianni Schicchi” “Edgar” “Cavalleria rusticana” “I pagliacci” “L’elisir d’amore” “Don Pasquale” “Carmen” “Die Fledermaus” “Grafin Mariza.” He was the resident conductor of the Orchestra Ensemble Kanazawa (1989-90), Principal Conductor of the Tokyo Harmonia Chamber Orchestra (1990-96), Chief-Conductor of the Kunitachi Opera and Nara Chamber Orchestra (since 1996-), Music Director of the Tama Philharmonic Society-Tokyo (since 2004-) and Conductor of the Tokyo Chamber Opera (since 2005-).
He has made numerous recordings for EMI, Deutsche Telefunken, King Record, as well as live broadcasts for various radio and television stations including NHK, TV Asahi and NTV Japan.
Imamura has collaborated with a number of distinguished soloists including Sheila Armstrong, John Shirley-Quirk, David Rendall, Antonello Palombi, Steven Harrison, Jorg Demus, Karl-Hermann Mrongovius, Patrick Gallois, Michala Petri, Peter Damm, Radvan Vlatkovic and Christian Lindberg.
Since 1995, he has also been teaching orchestral choral and operatic conducting at the Kunitachi College of Music in Tokyo He was a member of jury of the 6<sup>th</sup> and 7<sup>th</sup> Fitelberg International Competition for Conductors in Poland.
*“Samson et Dalila” Splendid perfect performance by Chikara Imamura (Culture on line, Poland06.04.2009)
*“Samson et Dalila” Performance that very elegant dignity by Imamura’s conducting is filled(Rzeczpospolita, 06.04.2009)
*Imamura drew the sound of every nuance from the full score.
It was perfectly performance (www.pik.wroclaw.pl, 08.04.2009)