The Japanese pianist Nojima Minoru made his concert debut with the NHK Symphony Orchestra at the age of ten. He later attended the Toho Gakuen School of Music in Tokyo. In 1966, he was invited to the Moscow Conservatory of Music by the Soviet Cultural Affairs Agency to study under the renowned pianist Lev Oborin. During this time he gave recitals in various cities, including Moscow and Leningrad. In 1969, he won second prize at the third Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. The following year, he earned effusive praise from the New York Times for his debut recital at Carnegie Hall. Since then, he has performed with major orchestras and given recitals and chamber music performances throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia. Nojima Minoru has served several times as an adjudicator for the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition and has been a chairperson for the Sendai International Music Competition from the start. In 2006, the Minoru Nojima Yokosuka Piano Competition was established for gifted young Japanese pianists. He currently serves as president of the Tokyo College of Music and is professor of piano at the Toho Gakuen School of Music.