Ryusuke Numajiri was born in Tokyo in 1964 and currently resides in Berlin. He studied at the Toho Gakuen School of Music, receiving instruction in conducting from Seiji Ozawa, Kazuyoshi Akiyama and Tadaaki Otaka, in composition from Akira Miyoshi, and in piano from Satoko Tokumaru and Kazuoki Fujii.
During the two and a half years between his studies as a fourth-year music student in Japan and his departure for study in Germany, Numajiri was active as assistant to Seiji Ozawa with the New Japan Philharmonic . He also appeared frequently at this time as a player of keyboard instruments in concerts given by the NHK Symphony Orchestra.
After travelling to Germany, he began to study under Hans-Martin Rabenstein at the Hochschule der Kunste in Berlin, concentrating especially on the operatic repertoire. He is continuing his studies at present.
In September 1990 Numajiri was awarded first prize at the 40th International Conductors' Competition in Besangon, and thereafter made successful appearances with L'Orchestre du Capitole de Toulouse in France and the Thuringen Philharmonic Orchestra in Germany. His appearance in November 1991 with the Ensemble Orchestral de Paris was particularly successful, and he was subsequently invited to reappear with this orchestra in February, July and December of 1993. Since April 1993 he has been official conductor of the Shinsei Nippon Symphony Orchestra. 1993 also marked his debut in Denmark with the Odensee Symphony Orchestra. He appeared for the first time in the United Kingdom in February 1994 conducting the Northern Sinfonia, and thus continues to build up a solid record of achievement throughout Europe. His future activities as a conductor of opera will be awaited with great interest. Ryusuke Numajiri is one of the brightest lights among the younger generation of conductors.