Mr. Nodaira was born in Tokyo in 1953. He received a degree from National University of Fine Art and Music. In 1978, he went to Paris on a scholarship from the French government to study at the Conservatoire National Superieur de Musique de Paris, where he was awarded First Prize in Piano Accompaniment, Musical Analysis, and Composition.
He studied composition with Michio Mamiya, Besty Jolas, and Serge Nigg, and piano and accompaniment with Yoshie Kora and Henriette Puig-Roget.
Mr. Nodaira has soloed with the Philharmonic Orchestra of Radio France, Radio Sinfonieorchester Basel, the New Japan Philharmonic Orchestra, the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra, the Ensemble Intercontemporain, and the London Sinfonietta. He has accompanied Alan Marion and Pierre-Yves Artaud.
Mr. Nodaira has composed over forty orchestral, chamber, and solo works commissioned by the French Ministry of Culture, IRCAM, the Ensemble Intercontemporain, and the National Theatre of Japan. He was awarded the 13th Kenzo Nakajima Award, the 44th Otaka Award (for best orchestral work in 1996) for the Concerto de Chamber No.1, the 46th Educational Minister Art Prize for Freshmen (for his piano activities), and the 11th Kyoto Music Award.