Eijin Nimura has established a brilliant career as a violinist, performing concertos with leading orchestras both at home and abroad over the years; at the same time, as an “UNESCO Artist for Peace”, he is actively engaged in efforts that contribute to society through music.
Eijin Nimura started playing the violin at the age of four. On the advice of a great violinist Isaac Stern, he spent every summer during the age of nine to sixteen visiting the United States to receive private tuition from Dorothy DeLay of the Julliard School. When he was eleven years old, he won praise from the renowned conductor Eugene Ormandy who expressed high hopes for his future. Nimura graduated from the Tokyo University of the Arts, after attending the Senior High School of Music attached to the Faculty of Music. Having won a number of music competitions from childhood, he came second at the 1994 Paganini International Competition and was awarded the first prize at the 1995 International Music Competition of Japan. He was the recipient of the Idemitsu Music Award in 1996.
1996 was also the year that he launched his career, performing mostly outside of Japan. He has received acclaim for his performances at the major concert halls in Europe. Throughout his performing career, Eijin Nimura has also been
a regular performer at charity concerts. In recognition of his numerous social activities, such as the donation of artificial limbs to rehabilitation centres established in Bosnia-Herzegovina after the conflict in the region, he
was appointed “UNESCO Artist for Peace” by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization in 1998, the first Japanese to be chosen. He has subsequently given performances in Sarajevo, as well as areas such as
Kosovo and Palestinian Authority. His activities have been featured extensively in the media such as television and magazines. Examples of other television appearances include performing the main and closing theme tunes for the NHK
drama series “Dreaming Grapes”. In 2004, he was chosen by the magazine “Newsweek” as 100 Japanese respected from all over the world.
Since 2011, it has been providing ongoing support for earthquake victims around the world, including the Great East Japan Earthquake, Indonesia, Nepal, Italy and Turkey-Syria.
In November 2012, he was conferred the title of “Goodwill Ambassador for artistic efforts to promote peace around the world” by the Embassy of Israel in Japan at the concert for the 60th Anniversary of diplomatic relations between
Israel and Japan, for contribution to musical projects for peace in the Middle East, research of music composed in concentration camps during the Holocaust.
On the occasion of the 70th anniversary of UNESCO in 2015, he was commissioned by the UNESCO Headquarters in Paris to be held as the symbolic events in Japan, he carried out a peace prayer concert at Urakami Cathedral in Nagasaki under the patronage of ministries of Japan. In the same year, he succeeded in the concert “Nimura Project” at the UNESCO Youth Forum at the headquarters in Paris.
In March 2018, he was invited to perform in the “True Colours” Asia-Pacific Festival for Artistes with Disabilities co-hosted by the Nippon Foundation and UNESCO in Singapore, as well as the commemoration of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities at UNESCO Headquarters that same December.
Eijin Nimura is the owner of Antonio Stradivari “Stella” of 1707 and C. A. Testore of 1740.