Born in 1968 in Saitama, Abe composes for wind bands and ensembles, and is a member of the composers’ group “Wind Association”.
Principal works include “Futurism for Wind Orchestra” (nominated for the 2nd Asahi Composition Prize in 1991 and selected as a 1992 All Japan Band Competition test piece), “Pampas for Wind Orchestra” (nominated for the 4th Asahi Composition Prize in 1993), March "Ramesesu II" (awarded the 5th Asahi Composition prize in 1994 and selected as a 1995 AJBA test piece), “Oga Kinuburui” (featured in the 5th Kyo-En concert), and “God's Sphere: The Karnak Shrine” (featured in the 7th Kyo-En concert).
Amano was born in 1957 in Akita City. He graduated from Kunitachi College of Music at the top of the composition department and finished postgraduate work also at the top of his class. In his university days, he began writing for diverse fields including jazz, rock, folk music, and pops as well as classical and modern music. After graduation, he mastered C.M.I. (Computer Music Instruments) in Australia, becoming a wizard of computer music in Japan as well as the country’s first CD recorded artist.
He is very active abroad, especially in Central Europe, recording and conducting his own works with the National Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra and Versailles Chamber Orchestra, while earning commissions from the Warsaw Brass, Trio Classic and Paderewski Festival. In Japan he earned the excellence prize from the 23rd and 24th Japan Academy Award music section, and the composition & arrangement prize from the 10th “Academic Society of Japan for Winds Percussion & Band” Academy Award.
Since 1986, he has produced many wind band arrangements from the music of Bartok, Ravel, Akira Miyoshi, Akio Yashiro, Toshiro Mayuzumi, etc., as well as original works and ensemble literature. His works are very frequently performed at All Japan Band Competitions and concerts throughout his country and the world.
Born in the Suginami borough of Tokyo in 1975, Fukuda taught himself composing and arranging while attending junior high school. He served as director of his high school’s drama club, and upon graduation, began producing music for theatre, dance, cinema and television. Currently he conducts, lectures, and composes in the wind band field, and is recognized for his consideration and utilization of sound system technology in dramatic composition.
Hirokazu Fukushima graduated from Maebashi-Minami High School and received his Bachelor’s Degree from Tokyo College of Music, as well as a Certificate Diploma in Music. He studied composition with Reiko Arima. Today, he is an active composer and arranger of band and orchestra music. He organized Ensemble Poire, which does unique performance activities including peculiar movements and comedy. He was nominated to the Asahi Composition Prize for “Harvest Waves” and awarded the same for his “Chant for Dosozin” in 1999, and the Japan Bandmasters Association Shitaya Prize for “Ryujo no Mai” in 2003. He was also director of wind band composition at the National Cultural Festival held in Gunma in 2001.
Yo Goto is recognized as one of the leading composers and educators in the field of wind and percussion music in the United States and Japan. His works have been performed at several international conventions including College Band Directors National Association (CBDNA), World Association for Symphonic Bands and Ensembles (WASBE), and The Midwest Clinic. He is currently the executive director of the Japan Academic Society of Wind Music, the executive advisor of the committee of the Japan Band Clinic, and the professor of the Showa University of Music. He also works as a member of WASBE Board of Directors. Goto received his Bachelor of Music Education degree from Yamagata University, Japan, and studied composition with Shin-ichiro Ikebe at the Tokyo College of Music, completing a Performance Diploma Course. As active composer, arranger, and clinician, Goto moved to Texas to study composition with Cindy McTee at the University of North Texas (UNT) in 2001. He holds a Master of Music degree in composition and a Master of Music Education degree from UNT. His work, Songs for Wind Ensemble, won the 2011 Sousa/Ostwald Award held by the American Bandmasters Association. Goto also received the Academy Award from the Japan Academic Society of Wind Music in 2000 and 2012. He also has worked as a clinician and guest conductor at several international conferences including WASBE and The Midwest Clinic.
Hayato Hirose (b. 1974) is a young, emerging composer who has developed his international career over the years. A native of Japan, he has received numerous honors and awards. Many of his works have been published by major publishers in Europe, the USA, and Japan.
Mr. Hirose completed his Master degrees in composition and wind band conducting at Lemmens Institute (Belgium), Bachelor degree in composition at the Boston Conservatory (USA) and his professional study at the Tokyo Music & Mediaarts Shobi (Japan).
He studied composition with Jan Van der Roost, Piet Swerts, Andy Vores, and Yoriaki Matsudaira. He is also an active conductor with much professional experience in band, choir and orchestra conducting. Currently, he is the faculty member at Shobi Music College (Tokyo).
Yasuhide Ito (b. 1960), professor at Senzoku Gakuen College of Music, has earned international acclaim for his compositional endeavors. His more than 1000 works include 90-plus wind band scores. Gloriosa (1990 Ongaku No Tomo Sha; Bravo Music, international distributor) is one of the most frequently performed masterworks in the world, having the distinction of appearing in a standard Japanese high school music textbook. His Festal Scenes (TRN) saw its US premiere with Ito himself conducting, marking his first international appearance at the 1987 ABA-JBA joint convention.
Ito’s compositional talent covers a variety of musical media. His piano ensemble series, Guru-guru Piano (Ongaku No Tomo Sha, 8 volumes) expands the scope of four-handed performance. His 2001 opera Mr. Cinderella received much critical acclaim and greatly impacted the Japanese opera scene. By request from his hometown of Hamamatsu, he composed music for the official city song rededicated in 2007. In honor of those affected by the tragic East Japan Earthquake, Ito collaborated with famous poet Ryoichi Wago, offering songs of gifts and prayer. His kindness and generosity through music has touched many lives. .
Ito’s distinguished musical career includes guest conducting the Tokyo Kosei Wind Orchestra for their ‘Asian Concert Tour 2002’ on behalf of maestro Frederick Fennell, and the International Youth Wind Orchestra at WASBE 2005 in Singapore. He is in high demand as a guest conductor, clinician, lecturer, and educator in Asian countries such as Taiwan, Hong Kong, Korea and Singapore, and gives clinics for WASBE and other band festivals worldwide. .
Ito was born in Hamamatsu, Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan in 1960. His musical career began with childhood piano lessons and later compositional studies while in high school. He graduated from the Tokyo University of Fine Arts and Music with a bachelor of music degree in composition. .
Ito's musical talent has been recognized through awards at the Shizuoka Music Competition (piano, first prize, 1980), Japan Music Competition (composition, third prize, 1982), the Competition for Saxophone Music (1987) and the Bandmasters Academic Society of Japan (the Academy Prize, 1994; Research Branch Prize, 2012).
Naohiro Iwai was born on the 2nd of October, 1923. He graduated from Tokyo University of the Arts in 1947 with a degree in instrumental music majoring in the Horn. In University he was part of the Ernie Pyle Orchestra where he played the trumpet. The Ernie Pyle Orchestra was a group that played for the entertainment of American soldiers in post war Japan. They performed in a theatre that did not allow Japanese patrons.
After gaining experience in a few bands he joined Frankie Sakai's new "City Slingers" jazz band as an adviser and arranger. In 1959 he became a producer for Toshiba Records (now Universal Music) and organized band clinics and performances all over the world. He was involved in the composition or arrangement of over 3000 songs, most of them in the pop genre.
He's recently been involved in the "New sounds in Brass" series, where he has invigorated the series with a mixture of pop, jazz and rock that is new in the Japanese wind music before. Starting in 1972 he has been entrusted with providing a number of songs for the All Japan Band Competition (AJBC) including the 1976 song "On Main street". His most recent piece to have been selected for the competition was in 2013, an incredible 41 years since his first selected piece in the AJBC.
In 2012 he received an award from the Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Lifelong Learning Policy Bureau for his contribution to social education.
Bin Kaneda (1935 ? 2002). He graduated in 1959 from the Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music, where he majored in composition. He taught at the Tokyo College of Music, Yamaha Nemu Music Academy, and Gifu University, and the Aichi Prefectural University of Fine Arts. In 1956, he was placed first in the string music division of the Music Competition of Japan.
Hiroaki Kataoka was born in 1983 in Iizuka, Fukuoka. He graduated from Tokyo College of Music majoring in percussion. He studied composition with Katsuhiro Tsubonou and Yutaka Fujiwara, and percussion with Atsushi Sugawara, Mariko Okada and Keiko Abe.
He plays professionally and also joins with many concerts and recitals performing his own works. When not teaching and giving clinics to orchestras and bands, he composes and arranges.
Kataoka was invited to Tongyeong International Music Festival and was able to collaborate with Ensemble Modern. His work The Path Tenma for Wind Orchestra was selected as one of five test pieces of the 2007 All Japan Band Competition. He currently teaches at Tokyo Seikyo University and Japan Women's University.
Chang Su Koh was born in Osaka in 1970. After graduating Osaka College of Music with a degree in composition, he entered the Musik Akademie der Stadt Basel. Koh has studied composition with Kunihiko Tanaka and Rudolf Kelterborn, and conducting with Jost Meyer to date. He received the 2nd prize from the 5th Suita Music Contest composition section and earned honorable mentions from the 13th Nagoya City Cultural Promotion Contest and the 1st Zoltan Kodaly Memorial International Composers Competition.
He was also awarded the 12th Asahi Composition prize (“Lament” was a 2002 AJBC test piece) and received the “Master Yves Leleu” prize from the 1st Comines-Warneton International Composition Contest. Presently, he teaches at Osaka College of Music and ESA Conservatory of Music and Wind Instrument Repair Academy, and is also a member of Kansai Modern Music Association. He composes and arranges orchestral, wind and chamber music with commissions from various bands. He also directs amateur orchestras and city bands.
Keiichi Kurokawa was born in Saitama, Japan in 1980. He graduated from Saitama University majoring in East Asian Cultures. He participated in wind band club while in school, playing trumpet in junior high and high school, and bass and alto clarinet at university. He began arranging during high school and since then has made many arrangements and compositions for wind band and chamber ensembles.
His arrangement, American Riverside Medley (Wind Band / Brass Band) was selected as one of test pieces of Singapore Youth Festival 2014. Almost his works are published from Brain / Bravo Music.
Kurokawa is now a music engraver and editor and a band director. He is a member of Japan Band Directors Association (JBA) and teaches computer music (notation software) at Yamaha Music Avenue Shibuya in Tokyo.
Tetsunosuke Kushida was born in Kyoto in 1935. While majoring in mathematics at Kyoto University of Education, he studied composition with Tadashi Fukumoto. After graduation, he continued studies under Nagomi Nakaseko and film-music composer Nakaba Takahashi. He also participated in the group "Tsu-ku-ru, Composers' Group in Kyoto" and began his wide compositional activities. Kushida was born in a family of Japanese musicians and grew up surrounded by Japanese instruments so his compositional style is generally based on traditional Japanese music.
After he won the Ongaku-no-Tomo-sha Corporation Prize for Composition in 1969 for Stone Garden he studied composition and arranging for wind music under Paul Yoder, ABA first president, and Ichitaro Tsujii, the premiere conductor for Asuka. Tsujii has been a major influence on Kushida's works for winds. Asuka was recorded by the Tokyo Kosei Wind Orchestra and judging from its frequent performances both in Japan and foreign countries, it can be said that the piece has entered major repertory status.
Kushida has produced many works with Japanese historical inspiration, which include Collage for Band - on Folk Songs from the Tohoku District, Clouds in Collage, Ritual Legend, Snow-Moon-Flower, Sagano, Kagerohi ("Shimmering Air", and The Clouds Add Colors. He has also written many works for wind instruments, which include works for recitals by Keiji Munesada, Keiji Shimoji and Masahiro Maeda, and works for saxophone ensembles. In 1995, he was awarded the 5th Academy Award, Wind Music Japan. In the same year, his work Autumn in Heian-Kyo was premiered by Baden Wurttemberg Wind Ensemble. He was also invited as a special guest professor to Osaka College of Music and gave a lecture under the title of "Japanese Traditional Music and Wind Music." In March 1997, he presented a lecture and concert under the same title in Hiroshima and Okayama, in collaboration with the Symphonic Wind Orchestra of Nagoya University of Arts.
A collaboration with Kohei Amada (sculptor, koto player and harpist) and his son Koji Amada (harpist) was to lead Kushida into a definite direction in terms of his view of the Japanese sound and Japanese music. Kohei Amada also was a tremendous influence on his life, as well as his music. His recent piece Quiet Side Path for Harp Ensemble and Narrator, performed in the memorial concert for Kohei Amada by the Amada Harp Ensemble under Koji Amada, with Fujio Tokita narrating, strongly reflects his view of life. Many of his works for harp ensemble, such as Night in the Glass, Ondine's Night, and Omohi ("Thoughts"), performed at the Fukui International Harp Festival, have been programmed repeatedly in foreign countries as well as in Japan, and have become favorite pieces.
Toshio Mashima was born in Tsuruoka-shi, Yamagata in1949. He entered Yamaha's Band Educator Academy while majoring in technology at Kanagawa University. Mashima studied harmony, composition and arrangement with the late Bin Kaneda and jazz theory under the late Makoto Uchibori. After graduation in 1971, he freelanced on trombone and piano, playing jazz and popular music. Working as an assistant to composer Naohiro Iwai furthered his interest in writing for winds.
Mashima has produced many works for wind band, and is also well known for his outstanding jazz and pops arrangements for both concert and big bands. Noteworthy concert band pieces include the symphonic poem "Seascape", selected as a 1985 All Japan Band Competition test piece, a 1991 test piece "Coral Blue", and the 1997 test piece "Sweet Breeze in May". Others include "Mirage I", "Jacob's Ladder to a Crescent" and "Mirage a Paris". More recent works include "Les trois notes du Japon", commissioned by the Tokyo Kosei Wind Orchestra in 2001, and "Mirage III" in 2003. "Mirage II" (1999) was premiered by Paris' Garde Republicaine Wind Orchestra in July of that year. Mashima has also produced significantly recorded transcriptions of Gershwin's "Cuban Overture", Rimsky-Korsakov's "Scheherazade Symphonic Suite", and Debussy's "L'isle joyeuse" to name a few. Mashima is published in Japan, America and Holland, has also scored for television drama, and received an academy award (1997) for composition from the Academic Society of Japan for Wind, Percussion & Band.
Kazuhiro Morita was born in 1952 in Tokyo. He studied composition with Yoshio Hasegawa at Tokyo National University of Fine Arts & Music. His writing covers genres from orchestra to guitar solo as well as compositions and arrangements for studio sessions in various fields. Recently he is also very active in writing for wind band, producing “Pop Step March” (1985 All Japan Band Competition test piece), “Prelude for Jungfrau”, “Floral Timepiece” for Band, “Galliard and Fugue”, “Suite Villanesca”, and more.
Aside from wind band scoring, other original works include "Elegia, Ritmica and Samba-Ostinato” for Clarinet Septet, “3 Sonnets on B.A.C.H ” for Guitar, “6 Preludes” for Guitar, “Flower Clock” for Piano Duo, etc.
He earned the composition & arrangement prize from the 8th Japan Wind Music Academy Awards in 1998, and is an advisor for the Japan Band Clinic committee.
Park studied composition at the Osaka College of Music. His works have mainly been performed in East Asia and Europe, at events such as the 2003Asian Music Festival, Tokyo, Daegu International Contemporary Festival 2005, Jeju Wind Ensemble Festival (2009, 2012) in Korea, the ISCM “World Music Days” in Sweden (2009) and Poland (2014) and the 2011 Gaohsiong Spring Festival in Taiwan. He won the Third ACL-Korea Composition Competition’s 2nd prize, the 15th Daegu International Contemporary Festival’s 1st prize, the Japan Clarinet Association Composition Competition for Clarinet 3rd prize, the Kansai Modern Music Association Composition Award, and the 7th All Japan Band Association Composition Competition 1st prize (“Scintillating Dawn”, a required piece for the All Japan Band Competition 2015). Park is currently a member of the Kansai Modern Music Association and the Japan Academic Society of Wind Music.
Itaru Sakai was born in Osaka, Japan, on March 24, 1970. At the age of four he started taking piano lessons. Two years later he wrote his first piece for piano. In his high school band he played flute, and it was while he was still at school that he composed his first work for band, Tanabata, or The Seventh Night of July. In 1990 he entered Osaka College of Music and studied composition under Hideki Chihara and Kunihiko Tanaka. He graduated at the top of his class in 1994 and received his master’s degree from the same college in 1996. In 1997 he was chosen to be a staff composer for the 52nd National Sports Festival in Osaka, Japan.
Koh Shishikura, born in Tokyo in 1968, graduated from Musashino Academia Musicae studying oboe with Kaetsu Toratani and Kozo Yoshinari and vocal music with Hirochi Mochiki. He began composing and arranging at age 16 and has arranged numerous classical, jazz and pops selections for wind band. Many of his works have been premiered by the Saitama Sakae Wind Orchestra including Fantasia on Little Fugue at the NBA/BOA Summer Symposium in 2004, Cherished Days - Nostalgia for Naperville at the 60th Midwest Clinic (presented to the city of Naperville, IL in 2006), an arrangement of Beethoven’s Tempest at the premier classical music event La Forge Journet Kanazawa in 2008, an arrangement of The Phantom of the Opera at the New York Band and Orchestra Festival in 2008, and the World Youth Song at the Taiwan Clinic in 2009. A CD collection of his music entitled “Miss Saigon” was recorded and labeled by Brain Music. Mr. Shishikura is also active as a clinician and lecturer.
Born in Tokyo in 1965, Suzuki attended Tokyo University of Fine Arts and Music, completing graduate composition in 1991. Additional studies were with Michio Mamiya and Masao Endo.
Special recognitions have included the Ataka Prize (1987) and the 2001 Nihon Wind Band Academy Award for composition. Suzuki’s commissioning clients include Tokyo Kosei Wind Orchestra and various recording companies as well as amateur ensembles. His musical style, highly reflective of contemporary needs and tastes, is well represented in the contest and concert repertoire of Japan, America and Europe.
Takahashi was born in 1979. He studied general music with Kiyoshi Yumoto while a student at Kita-Tama High School. He learned “image music” and jazz in an arranging and composition course at Pan School of Music. He has been playing piano more than ten years and trombone for eight years. His compositions received awards in the Zoorasian Brass Arranging Contest, the Sakura Island Image Song Contest, and a special prize from the Tottori Folk Song Arranging Contest. A work has also been selected as a required piece for the All Japan Band Competition. Leading compositions include “British Folk Song March”, “Street Performer’s March”, and “Moon Forest Suite.”
Born in 1962 in Sendai City, Takahashi graduated from Kunitachi College of Music as a composition major and finished his postgraduate degree of composition in music research. He is a member of the Japan Federation of Composers.
His outstanding works include the march “Beyond the Horizon” (selected as a 1999 All Japan Band Competition test piece), “Jalan-jalan: Vision of the Isle of the Gods”(selected as a 2005 German-Bavarian State Wind Band Competition test piece, upper grade), “KAEN for Wind Ensemble”, “Sharaku” and so on. Most of his compositions are published and recorded, and frequently performed throughout his country and the world.
He is presently very active in performance leadership for school and adult bands throughout Japan and is an active adjudicator and frequent guest conductor who is always received with deep regard and warm appreciation.
Born in Niigata in 1957, Tatebe graduated from Komazawa University as a Japanese literature major. He studied Saxophone under Kazuo Tomioka and composition/arranging with Naohiro Iwai and Takashi Ueno. He produces wind chamber music and many arrangements and original works for wind band. He annually presents works to “Prosperous Future for Band into the 21st Century KYO-EN” as a member-composer.
Major works include the concert march “Take Off” (1986 All Japan Band Competition test piece), “A Reminiscence of the Times” for Wind Orchestra (commissioned for the 30th anniversary of Ryukoku University Symphonic Band), “Suite on Celtic Folk Songs”, “Dance Celebration” (commissioned for the 25th anniversary of Itoigawa Symphonic Band), “Intermezzo” (commissioned for the 15th anniversary of Niigata Wind Orchestra), Five Chapters for Trombone Quartet “On the Night of the Centaur Festival”, “Prelude to a New Era” (Tokyo Trumpet Choir commission) and so on.
He is an instructor of Tamagawa Gakuen Jr. H.S. Division Wind Band, visiting director of Ryukoku University Symphonic Band, regular conductor of Itoigawa Symphonic Band, and music supervisor of Morioka Wind Band.
Satoshi Yagisawa was born in 1975 and graduated from the Department of Composition at Musashino Academia Musicae. After completing his master's degree he continued research studies for two additional years.
His compositions for wind orchestra are popular in Japan and many other countries. They were introduced in Teaching Music Through Performance in Band published by GIA Publications in the United States, published by De Haske Publications in Holland and Bravo Music in America, selected as a compulsory piece for the University of North Texas Conductors' Collegium, and performed at the 12th World Association for Symphonic Bands and Ensembles in Singapore and the Midwest Clinic (2008) in Chicago. In Japan, he has composed music for National Arbor Day, National Sports Festival, Japan Intra-High School Athletic Meets as well as numerous leading ensembles in Japan. Yagisawa was appointed Ceremonial Music Director for the National Sports Festival 2010 in the State of Chiba, Japan.
Other professional activities include festival adjudication, guest-conducting, teaching, lecturing, writing columns for music magazines and advisory work for a music publisher. He is one of the most energetic young composers in Japan today. Currently he teaches wind, string, and percussion instruments at Tokyo Music & Media Arts, Shobi. He is also a member of "Kyo-En", an organization that premieres outstanding original works by Japanese composers.
Amongst Yagisawa's major works are Machu Picchu: City in the Sky - The mystery of the hidden Sun Temple; and Pompeii, and Zenith of the Maya.