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Toru Nomura

Born in Tokyo, Toru Nomura studied the flute at Musashino Academia Musicae, Tokyo / Saitama, Japan and Franz Liszt (Liszt Ferenc) Academy of Music, Budapest, Hungary under the guidance of Akira Aoki, Yuriko Koyama, Takao Saeki and Lóránt Kovács.

He then studied Woodwind Instruments Making and Repair, consisting of traditional skills such as forging and filing, also machining, with Geoffrey Else at Newark & Sherwood College (present Lincoln College) in Nottinghamshire, U.K. Already during his studies at the college he gained experience in flute repairs at a renowned flute shop in London, also visited many prominent American and Japanese flute makers to broaden his perspectives and carried out own researches on flutes.

After graduating from the college with Distinction, Toru Nomura joined Yamaha in 1999 as a specialised technician for flute. For 13 years he had been responsible for Research and Development, as well as Artist Services, offering instrument maintenance, repair, modification and consultation to European professional flute players at its R&D centre in Frankfurt, Germany (which later became Atelier Hamburg). During the time he also held numerous sessions of both products and prototypes evaluation with leading orchestral players, soloists, and conservatory professors among others.

When the company introduced its new handmade series flutes in 2011, he was mainly in charge of headjoint design, for which he has made a number of prototypes until its final specification was set. Also being involved in the concept making at the initial stage of the development, marketing, and launching the products, he covered wide aspects to lead the company and its products to success. Around the same period, he developed a special order handmade piccolo which also became successful.

He returned to Japan in 2013 after two decades of life in Europe. In 2014 he established his own independent workshop, Tokyo Flute Space, in Akasaka, Tokyo. Toru Nomura is a Certified Straubinger (TM) Flute Pad Technician.