Born in 1977 in Osaka Japan, Dai was fifteen when he moved to UK. Recipient of many composition prizes, he has received numerous international co-commissions from the Salzburg Festival, Lucerne Festival, BBC Proms, Bamberg Symphony, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra and more. He has been Composer-in-Residence of Nagoya Philharmonic Orchestra since 2014 and held the same post at the Orchestre national d’Île-de-France in 2017/18. Dai’s first opera Solaris, co-commissioned by the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, Opéra de Lausanne and the Opéra de Lille, had its world premiere in Paris in 2015 and has since gained a worldwide reputation.
In 2017, Dai received the Silver Lion Award of the Venice Biennale. In the same year, he was named the Artistic Director of the Tokyo Metropolitan Theater’s Born Creative Festival.
His works are recorded by and released mainly on his own label Minabel Records in collaboration with SONY Music and his compositions are published by Ricordi Berlin. Dai is currently focusing his attention on upcoming works including an opera on the life of Hokusai, a concerto for two orchestras and a double concerto for flute and violin.
In 2012, he already taught at the Darmstadt Summer Course and will be a composition tutor for the second time in the summer of 2023.