Yasunori Imamura was born in Osaka, Japan. In 1975 he studied lute at the Royal Conservatory in the Hague, and in 1976 he continued his studies with Eugen Dombois and Hopkinson Smith at the Schola Cantorum in Basel, where he received his soloist’s diploma in 1981.
Subsequently, he worked on interpretation and thoroughbass with Ton Koopman and Johann Sonnleitner and composition with Wolfgang Neininger.
Today, Imamura is recognized as one of the prominent figures of the lute, both as a soloist as well as a continuo-player.
He is Professor of Lute at the Conservatoire et Académie Supérieure de Musique de Strasbourg, as well as at the Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst, Frankfurt am Main, and regularly gives master classes in Europe and the Far East.
His solo recordings, which include lute music of Johann Sebastian Bach (Etcetera and Naxos), Silvius Leopold Weiss (Capriccio and Claves), Robert de Visée (Capriccio) and Simone Molinaro (Deutsche Harmonia Mundi) have received excellent reviews in various audio magazines.
Especially noteworthy is the recording of Lute Sonatas Vol.1 by S.L.Weiss (Claves), which was awarded the “Diapason d’Or” prize by the French magazine “Diapason” in 2006, and Lute Sonatas Vol.2 by S.L.Weiss (Claves), awarded the “Le Joker de Crescendo” prize by the Belgian magazine “Crescendo” in 2008.
He received the “Cultural Achievement Award” from the Canton of Solothurn (Switzerland) in 2010.
Besides his activities as a soloist, Yasunori Imamura has collaborated as a continuo player with such artists as Cecilia Bartoli, Teresa Berganza, Gérard Lesne, Joyce DiDonato, Nuria Rial, William Christie, Marc Minkowski, Martin Gester, Michael Schneider, Jos van Immerseel, Maurice Steger, Masaaki Suzuki, Christophe Rousset, Paul Goodwin and Alan Curtis, and made more than 150 recordings.
Imamura is a member of “La Stagione Frankfurt”, “Les Musiciens du Louvre”, “Le Parlement de Musique”, “Il Complesso Barocco” and “Camerata Köln”.
In 1997 Yasunori Imamura founded the ensemble “Fons Musicae”, performing throughout Europe and Far East. To date they have made six recordings of music by M. Lambert, G. Bononcini, A. Steffani, A. Caldara, F. Gasparini and B. Strozzi that have earned various international awards, such as the “Classica ”, or the “Sterne des Monats”. www.yasunoriimamura.com