Dr Taichi Imanishi holds a BA degree in Applied Psychology and Sociology at the University of Brighton, a Master’s in Performance – Percussion (with composition in the elective class) at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, PGCE at Middlesex University, and a PhD in Ethnomusicology/Musicology/Composition under the supervision of Professor Keith Howard at SOAS (School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London).

He has studied with international musicians including David Corkhill, Simon Limbrick, Richard Benjafield, Adrian Spillett, and Julian Philips. In his percussion career, Taichi has performed at prestigious venues including the Barbican Hall, Royal Albert Hall, and the Brighton Dome. As a composer he covers a broad range of styles from avant-garde to popular music. He has extended knowledge of cross-cultural compositions from his PhD research in which he studied Western compositions featuring Japanese instruments. He has won second prize of 23rd TIAA All Japan Composition Competition 2017.


PhD in Ethno/musicology and Composition – SOAS, University of London in 2021

PGCE in Music – Middlesex University

MA Chamber Music (percussion and composition as elective) – Guildhall School of Music and Drama in 2011

BA Hons Applied Psychology and Sociology – University of Brighton in 2009

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