Conductor Nobuaki NAKATA


“We, Japanese have been learning Western European music since we have opened our country in Meiji era (ca.2nd half of 19th century). Today eventually we could find a new sort of musician such as Nakata who can be just oneself, who is free from strain, and who can demonstrate one’s originality unchained from copyism. Therefore his well shaped moving performance could be described as “New Japan” style”  
- Critic about Kobe City Chamber Orchestra’s regular concert in 2009 , “Ongaku-Gendai” (Magazine, Music of Today)

“I am very happy to recommend enthusiastically Mr. Nobuaki Nakata who has been studying with me”
- Letter of recommendation from maestro Jean Fournet (1913-2008) in 2004

Nobuaki Nakata is a one of the foremost emerging young talents from Japan. He was born in Kyoto, Japan to a mother who is a famous Japanese classical dancer. At age of 13, Nakata started learning the double bass and later went on to study both conducting and double bass in the Toho Gakuen School of Music. At the same time as his music training he also studied medical science in the University of Tsukuba.

In 2005, Nakata moved to Vienna to study early music in the Conservatory of Vienna. And in 2007 he made his European debut by conducting “Carmina Burana” at the State Opera Stara Zagora, Bulgaria. Nakata was awarded the 1st prize at the Danube Symphony Orchestra’s Danube International Conducting Competition in Budapest and has since been working regularly with DSO.

Nakata has conducted concerts throughout the world including a very successful tour in Estonia with the Latvian National Symphony Orchestra as well as appearances with the Stage of Japan National Cultural Festival. One of the high points of his career was his 2008 concert in Rio de Janeiro for the 100th anniversary of Japanese immigration to Brazil with His Imperial Highness the Crown Prince of Japan in attendance. In 2014 also he performed “Ein Heldenleben” in Yamanashi with Her Imperial Highness the Princess Takamado in attendance. In 2017 Nakata was awarded the second prize at the Blue Danube Opera Conducting Competition.

In the field of contemporary music, Nakata has worked with many young composers like Andirs Dzenitis (Latvia) and Gabriel Penido (Brazil) who have given high praise to his performances of their works. He has performed recently with numerous orchestras, chamber orchestras, opera houses and choirs such as Porto Alegre Symphony Orchestra, Petrobras Symphony Orchestra, New Japan Philharmonic Orchestra, Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra, Tokyo City Philharmonic Orchestra, Kobe City Chamber Orchestra, Gumma Symphony Orchestra, Kyusyu Symphony Orchestra, Shin-Yu-Kai Choir, Tokyo Oratorio Society, Musicariva Festival Orchestra, State Opera Stara Zagora, Opera Brasov.

Nakata has been Chief Conductor and founder of the Gunma Baroque Orchestra since 2014. He was also formerly Principal Guest Conductor of the State Opera Stara Zagora from 2008 until 2010.

Besides his activities as a conductor Nakata was also the principal double bassist of the New Japan Philharmonic and the Opera Valencia “Palau de les Arts” under maestro Lorin Maazel. Additionally, Nakata has played in many period instrument ensembles in Europe.