NIIMI Tokuhide


Tokuhide Niimi
1947 Born in Nagoya, Japan
1970 Graduated from the Faculty of Technology at Tokyo National University
1975 Graduated from the Composition Class of the Tokyo National University
of Fine Arts and Music
1978 Completion of the post graduate course at the Tokyo National University
of Fine Arts and Music
1983 Jury Member of the International Competition of Ballet Music in Geneva
together with G. Petrassi
He has contributed many remarkable works to the orchestral, chamber, piano
and choral music repertoires. He is a present-day romantic, and one of
considerable intelligence. His music reflects two worlds, the “melodic
wind round” where all is delicacy, elegance and sensuality, and the “rhythmic
wind round” which abounds with constructive, centrifugal energy. His recent
creative activity is devoted to effecting a unification of these two worlds.
Remarkably, his orchestral works have been domestically performed by the
NHK Symphony Orchestra and others, and in oversea countries they also
have been performed by some of the leading orchestras, such as the Suisse
Romande, Netherlands Radio, BBC Scottish, Radio France, Berlin, Nurnberg,
In October 1999 Suntory Hall Music Foundation dedicated a composer’s portrait
to him, where several of his major orchestral works were performed. In
March 2002 Osaka Izumi Hall held a concert focussing on his chamber music.

He is at present a professor at the Toho Gakuen Graduate School of Music and a visiting professor at the Tokyo College of Music.

Major Awards

  • 1974 Awarded a prize at the NET-TV Competition of Composition
  • 1977 Grand Prix of Composition at the 8th International Competition of Ballet Music, Geneva, and the Citizen's Award of Geneva
  • 1982 Special Prize and Incentive Prize for Creative Stage Art at the Fine Arts Festival
  • 1984 Prize for Excellence at the Fine Arts Festival. Accepted at IMC.
  • 2000 Awarded the 18th Nakajima Kenzo Prize.

Major Works


  • “Chain of Life”(1993)
  • “Cosmic Tree”(1996)
  • “Spiral of the fire”(1997)
  • “Solar Wind”(1999)
  • “Violin Concerto”(2003)


  • “Shirotori” (2005)

Chamber Music

  • “Kazane” (1989)
  • “Garden in the Light”(1997)
  • “The Soul Bird”(1996)

Choral Music

  • “From Eternity”(1990)
  • “Canticles of Winds”(1993)

Songs composed on the text by Ryoichi Wago who suffered from the Great East Japan Earthquake.
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■ String Quartet No.3 [PREMIERE: 2013年/10/1日 ]


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■"Futokuchi-zusamu" for female chorus & piano

■arrange of "Okuno Hoso-michi" (female chorus & piano)

■"Asobiwosentoya Umarekemu"(female chorus & piano)




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