Over the years, OICMA has successfully trained more than 120 students. The Academy was founded in June 2011 with the aim of giving talented young musicians from Asia the opportunity to learn string quartet skills under Maestro Seiji Ozawa and a number of world-class chamber music instructors. LANXESS has supported OICMA since its establishment with a founding grant, allowing the academy to run a high-quality training program for young musicians.
In 2016, 24 young string players from countries like Japan, China, and Korea participated in the Academy’s program. The musicians had the opportunity to receive intensive string quartet training from top-level musicians and to perform in Okushiga, Nagano, and Tokyo in the summer. The program reached its finale with closing performances at concert and musical halls in Okushiga and Tokyo.