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Shin’ya Takahashi

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Shinya Takahashi


Shin’ya Takahashi (b. 1962, Shinja, Japan) is a Japanese composer.

Takahashi received his bachelor's and master's degrees in composition from Kunitachi College of Music. His March Beyond the Horizon was selected as a 1999 All-Japan Band Competition test piece, and another work, Jalan-jalan, Vision of Isle of the Gods, in the style of gamelan (traditional Indonesian music), was selected as a 2005 Bavarian State Wind Band Festival test piece.

His compositional style employs various Asian ethnic influences like Japanese culture (Sharaku), the traditional Southeast Asian genre of gamelan (Jalan-jalan), or Korean folk songs (Song of the Straits). He also writes for diverse ability levels (Gold Rush!, Sunday Market, and Weather Report). His Wind for Winds march has the easy going feel that introduces his work to many ensembles.

Works for Winds