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Naoya Nishimura

Naoya Nishimura was born in Osaka, Japan. He started violin lessons at the early age of four. His decision to become a professional musician was inspired by the great violin virtuoso Ivry Gitlis. From 2000 to 2003 he attended the State Music Grammar School Tokyo, considered the best school of its kind in Japan. In 2001 he made his German debut with the Philharmonic State Orchestra Mainz as the first prize winner of the International Yfrah Neaman Competition. Soon after followed his celebrated debut recital in his home town of Nagoya.

In 2003 Mr. Nishimura received a scholarship from the Japanese government which enabled him to continue his studies in Germany with Professor Roman Nodel at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Mannheim. After these studies he spent two years at the Academy of the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra. In 2010 he won the position of 1st Concertmaster of the Deutsche Staatsphilharmonie Rheinland-Pfalz, Germany (German State Philharmonic Orchestra Rhineland-Palatinate). From 2012 to 2013 he held the same position in the Hamburg Symphony Orchestra. Since 2014 he has been the 1st concertmaster of the Philharmonisches Staatsorchester Mainz, Germany (Philharmonic State Orchestra Mainz). He has been invited to play as a guest concertmaster in major orchestras in Germany as well as abroad, including Orchestre de Paris, Philharmonique du Luxembourg, and Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra.

Naoya Nishimura's concerts and CD's as soloist and chamber musician are esteemed by press and audiences alike. They can be heard regularly on many radio and television channels such as the German BR and SWR, the Japanese NHK, and the Italian RAI, as well as on streaming providers such as Apple Music, Amazon Music, and Spotify. In recent years he has collaborated with internationally-known musicians such as the oboist Heinz Holliger, the violist and composer Brett Dean, the cellist Ludovit Kanta, and pianists Andrea Bacchetti, Yoshito Numasawa and Fazil Say.

Naoya Nishimura's future projects include: completing the recording of all 24 Paganini Caprices, performing the Bach Cello Suites transcribed for viola, performing not just classical music but also tango and jazz, and finally bringing music to people who aren't able to personally attend a performance.

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