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Takamasa Sakai

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Takamasa Sakai


Takamasa Sakai (b. 10 June 1977, Hokkaido, Japan) is a Japanese composer, musicologist and conductor.

Sakai graduated from the high school of his hometown. He studied at Tokyo Music & Media Arts Shobi (now Shobi College of Music) in Tokyo composition with Isao Matsushita (1951-) and Yu Nobuhara. He also studied Buddhist scripts and musicology. From 2006 he has been a researcher at Tetsuya Oomura.

Sakai is a very successful composer, who mainly writes for wind orchestras. In 2000, the Ceremonial March composition was chosen as a compulsory work for the Japan Band Directors Association (JBA) competitions. The work was awarded the Shitaya Award by the JBA in the same year. His works are also being put on the concert programs of the wind orchestras abroad. He is frequent juror at national and international competitions.

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