Rei Munakata is rapidly establishing himself as one of the most exciting young conductors in the field of contemporary and experimental music. Born in Yokohama in 1976, and raised in both Japan and China as his home countries, Rei currently resides in Sweden and the USA.
In addition to Mimitabu, Rei is the artistic director and principal conductor of Scenatet in Århus and of Curious Chamber Players in Stockholm, a group he has lead to numerous world premiere performances. He frequently collaborates with other new music ensembles such as Gageego! Göteborg, Kammarensemble Neue Musik Berlin, SMASH Ensemble Salamanca, Esbjerg Ensemble, Athelas Sinfonietta Copenhagen, KammarensembleN Stockholm, Ensemble Ars Nova Malmö, Ensemble Aleph Paris, and Oslo Sinfonietta.
Munakata is hailed for his interpretation of avantgarde music through his appearances in many international new music festivals including Darmstädter Ferienkurse, IMPULS Graz, Gaudeamus Music Week Utrecht, Extension Paris, Intersonanzen Potsdam and many others.