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Satoshi Yagisawa

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Satoshi Yagisawa


Satoshi Yagisawa (b. 3 April 1975, Iwate Prefecture, Japan) is a Japanese composer.

Yagisawa was graduated from the Department of Composition at Musashino Academia Musicae, and later completed the master's coursework at the graduate school of Musashino Academia Musicae. He studied composition under Kenjiro Urata, Hitoshi Tanaka, and Hidehiko Hagiwaya, in addition to studying trumpet under Takeji Sekine and band instruction under Masato Sato.

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 (WASBE) 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 for winds are A Poem for Wind Orchestra - Hymn to the Infinite Sky; Machu Picchu: City in the Sky - The mystery of the hidden Sun Temple; and Perseus - A Hero's Quest in the Heavens. In addition to his band compositions, he has composed for several other genres, including orchestral, chamber, and choral works.

Works for Winds

Adaptable Music

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  • The Horizon Leans Forward…, compiled and edited by Erik Kar Jun Leung, GIA Publications, 2021, p. 518.
  • Satoshi Yagisawa, Bravo Music
  • Satoshi Yagisawa website Accessed 15 May 2019
  • Satoshi Yagisawa, Wikipedia Accessed 14 September 2017
  • Williams, Nicholas Enrico. "Machu Picchu." In Teaching Music through Performance in Band. Volume 6, edit. & comp. by Richard Miles, 509-514. Chicago: GIA Publications, 2007.
  • Zembower, Christian. "Largo." In Teaching Music through Performance in Band. Volume 10, Compiled and edited by Richard Miles, 419-430. Chicago: GIA Publications, 2015.