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Isao Matsushita

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Isao Matsushita

Biography

Isao Matsushita (23 November 1951, Tokyo - 16 September 2018, Tokyo) was a Japanese composer, conductor, producer and music educator.

Matsushita received undergraduate and graduate degrees from the Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music, where he majored in composition. He later studied composition at the University of Arts in Berlin, under a scholarship from the West German Government Commission for Academic Exchange.

His prolific oeuvre includes works that span a wide range of genres, and many that blend Eastern and Western musical instruments and traditions. Among Matsushita's most famous works include a three-act opera Shinano-no-kuni, which was part of the official cultural program of the Winter Olympics in Nagano in 1998, the double violin concerto A Time for Prayer (2005); and Hi-ten-yu, wadaiko (1994), a concerto for wadaiko (traditional Japanese drums) and orchestra which has been performed around the world.

His music was awarded several prizes, including first prize in the Moenchengladbach International Composition Competition in what was then West Germany in 1985, and the seventh annual Irino Prize in Japan in 1986.

Matsushita was a professor at Shobi University, a lecturer at the Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music, chairman of the Asian Composers League, and vice president of the Japan Federation of Composers. He was also president of the Asian Composers League, and Chairman of the Japan Federation of Composers.


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