Nobuya Monta was born in Osaka, Japan. He studied oboe with Isamu Iwasaki at Kyoto City University of Arts and then received a master’s degree specializing in composition from Osaka Kyoiku University. Nobuya completed his studies in composition with Tim Ewers and Edward Gregson at Goldsmiths’ College, University of London. He regularly writes concert reviews for Ongaku-Gendai, one of Japanese major musical magazines. Nobuya Monta is Guest Professor of Otemon Gakuin University and has been appointed Composer in Residence at the Hastings International Composers Festival in 2013 and 2015. (www.composersfestival.com).
His major works include: Sonata for Clarinet and Piano No.3 (premiered by Michele Incenzo and broadcast on the Vatican Radio in 2005 and 2009), Œuvres pour Clarinette de N. Monta (held at La Maison du Japon in Paris in 2008), Sonate des Fleurs (premiered by Detmar Kurig in Aachen, Germany in 2009), Passacaglia on Itsuki no komoriuta (premiered in Yokohama, Japan in 2010), Concerto for Cello and Strings (premiered in London in 2010), Concerto for Piano and Strings (premiered in Oxford in 2011), Concerto for Violin and orchestra (premiered by Lisa Ueda and Kingston Chamber Orchestra conducted by Andy Meyers in Kingston, UK in 2012), Concerto for Guitar and Orchestra (premiered in Hastings, UK in 2013), An Imaginary Dialogue (written for the special exhibition ‘Wordsworth and Basho: Walking Poets’ in 2014 (soundtrack released at: https://wordsworth.org.uk/shop/cds-and-dvds/cd-nobuya-monta-basho-soundtrack.html), Choral Suite ‘Conflict and Peace’, premiered by Winchester Consort in Winchester Cathedral in 2014.
Nobuya Monta’s publications include: Sonata for Clarinet and Piano No.2 & No.3, Trio for Clarinet, Violin and Piano (Armelin Musica–Padova (www.armelin.it), Netherlands Fantasy, 5 Sketches of Holland for Two Alto Recorders, Kuroda-bushi for Two Oboes and English horn (Recorder JP, www.recorder.jp).
Nobuya Monta with music colleagues in Paris, France