Chikage Imai was born in Nagoya (Japan) and studied with Akihiko Matsui at Aichi Prefectural University of Fine Arts and Music, and Wim Henderickx and Fabio Nieder at Conservatorium van Amsterdam where she received her bachelor and master’s diplomas, supported by Rohm Music foundation.
Since 2002 Joji Yuasa has been her menter. Her music performed all over the world commissioned and performed by known organizations, international festivals and musicians, such as Gaudeamus muzikweek, Festival d’Automne á Paris, Westdeutschen Rundfunks, Music from Japan, Lucas Vis, Irvine Arditti, Ernest Rombout , Sava Stoianov, Nieuw Ensmble, Ensemble Modern, Hanatsu mirior and so on.
Imai is involved in projects working on with other artists and art forms, including visual art and stage design, among others. Imai’s music is published Muzikproduktion Dabringhaus und Grimm and Ensemble Modern Media.
Through being an honorary research associate at Royal Holloway, University of London, she is currently an artistic director of Seainx project.