Naoya Nishimura

Naoya Nishimura was born in Osaka, Japan. At four years of age, he had his first violin lesson and, having been impressed by the great virtuoso Ivry Gitlis, he decided, at the age of 12, to become a professional musician. From 2000 to 2003, he attended the Staatliches Musikgymnasium (State Music Grammar School) Tokyo, which is recognised as the best school of its kind in Japan. In 2001, he made his German debut as the first-prize winner in the International Yfrah Neaman Competition, together with the Philharmonisches Staatsorchester Mainz (Philharmonic State Orchestra of Mainz). A little later followed his celebrated debut recital in his home town of Nagoya.


As a Japanese government’s scholarship awardee, Naoya Nishimura continued his studies in 2003 with Professor Roman Nodel at the Musikhochschule (Conservatoire) Mannheim. After two years at the Akademie des Sinfonieorchesters des Bayerischen Rundfunks (Academy of the Bavarian Radio‘s Symphony Orchestra), he became the 1st Concertmaster for the Deutsche Staatsphilharmonie Rheinland-Pfalz (German State Philharmonic Orchestra Rhineland-Palatinate) from 2010 to 2011. From 2012 to 2013, he held the same position in the Hamburg Symphony Orchestra.   Since 2014, he has been the 1st Concertmaster for the Philharmonisches Staatsorchester Mainz (Philharmonic State Orchestra Mainz).


Naoya Nishimura’s concerts as a soloist and chamber musician are celebrated by the press and audiences alike and concert recordings can be regularly heard and enjoyed on several radio and television channels, such as BR, SWR and the Japanese NHK. In recent years, the collaboration with great personalities, such as the oboist Heinz Holliger, the viol and composer Brett Dean, the cellist Ludovit Kanta and pianist Andrea Bacchetti, has enriched his musical work.