Biography 2018 January
Toru Nakamura Ph.D Composer, Music Director
Born in 1946 in Hokkaido, Japan. He graduated at KUNITACHI College of Music in Tokyo further he earned masters degree, he lives in Okinawa since 1975. He was professor at the Faculty of Education of the University of the Ryukyus, later he served as dean of the Faculty of Education between 2008 and 2012. Currently he holds atelier Music Studio RIN in Ozato, Nanjyo city in Okinawa, working actively composing, writing research activities. He is a corporate advisor of Japan Foundation for Regional Art-Activities , an art director at GRANSHIP Shizuoka Prefectural Cultural Foundation and an art advisor at Sugar Hall in Nanjo City Cultural Center in Okinawa.
In 1991, he won Grand Prix at the Excellent Performing Art Creation Encouragement Competition with his opera KIJIMUNA 〜 Flying beyond the time and space 〜 from the Agency for Cultural Affairs, Japan. His choral and operatic works are known for his own style based on local historical culture around Japan including Okinawa, Suwa, Nikko and Nara. Since 2010 he composed more instrumental music such as Orchestra and Chamber music they have been also performed to the public.
As recent works with Operas, Acha-akinu Shima 〜 South Island Fantasia 〜 by Makoto Sato's script premiered at Sugar hall in 2016 in Okinawa, and very same year in 2016 Story of the Envoys to the Tang 〜Homage to the people without name 〜 by Makoto Ueno's script premiered at Nara-Hyakunenkan in Nara. Recent orchestral works are, Symphonic Tableau MABUNINO No. 1 〜 Scenery the White Windmill watched 〜 premiered in 2017 at Kioi hall in Tokyo under the button of Ichiro Nodaira with Orchestra Nipponica, Symphonic Tableau MABUNINO No. 2 〜 Scenery the Southern Wind gazed 〜 in September 2017 at Okinawa civic hall in Okinawa conducted by Naoto Otomo which is commissioned by Ryukyu Symphonic Orchestra. In April 2018, a suite for unaccompanied male chorus Mairasa is based on Okinawa traditional ritual songs will be premiered in Okinawa with Okinawa Male Choir conducted by Satoshi Miyagi.
He participated to planning and managing public halls to connect music arts and citizens for many years. His accomplishment is well written in the book Making a loved music hall is published by SUIYOUSHA Publishing Inc, in Tokyo, about its practice and theory at Sugar hall in Nanjo city, Okinawa.
In addition, he has arranged numerous Okinawan folk songs and dance music to different ensemble styles provided to musicians. His works has been performed such as Hungarian Cantus boys and girls choir, Roger Wagner choir, the Julliard string quartet, Simon Bolivar string quartet, Kiri quintet and others.