Born in Tokyo, Junichi Hirokami studied conducting, piano, musicology and viola at the prestigious Tokyo College of Music. He began his conducting career at the age of 26 after winning the first Kondrashin International Conducting Competition in Amsterdam.
Since 1990, Junichi Hirokami has appeared as guest conductor with major orchestras throughout the world including the Orchestre National de France, Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Orchestre Symphonique de Montreal, Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, and Wiener Symphoniker.
Between 1988 and 1995, Hirokami was Chief Conductor of Sweden’s Norrköping Symphony Orchestra. Since then he served as Chief Conductor of the Limburg Symphony Orchestra (1998–2000), Principal Guest Conductor of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic (1997–2000), Principal Conductor of Japan Philharmonic (1991-2000), and Music Director of the Columbus Symphony Orchestra (2006-2008).
In recent years, he has been a guest conductor of orchestras which include the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, L’Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano Giuseppe Verdi, the Saint Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra, the Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra of Moscow, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, and Gewandhausorchester Leipzig.
In Japan he has conducted all the major orchestras including NHK Symphony Orchestra and the Saito Kinen Orchestra. He also received
great acclaim for his appearance with the Mito Chamber Orchestra.
He is prolific in opera as well, having led celebrated performances of “Un ballo in maschera” and “Rigoletto” at the the Sydney Opera House, and his most recent triumphs include “La Traviata” at the Fujiwara Opera, “Le Nozze di Figaro” and “Ainadamar” at the Nissay Theatre, and “La Traviata” and “Aida” at the New National Theatre.
Hirokami is currently Chief Conductor and Music Advisor of the Kyoto Symphony Orchestra. In his eight years, he made the orchestra grown up greatly and made a big success at Suntory Hall, Tokyo too in 2014 which televised by NHK. In 2015 he received 46th Suntory Music Award with Kyoto Symphony Orchestra together.
He serves as professor at Tokyo College of Music and guest professor at Kyoto City University of Arts.