Wataru Hokoyama

From Wind Repertory Project
Wataru Hokoyama


Wataru Hokoyama (b. 24 August 1974, Aizu, Japan) is a Japanese composer, conductor and orchestrator.

Hokoyama is an alumnus of Interlochen Arts Academy, holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music, and an Advanced Certificate from the University of Southern California (Scoring for Motion Pictures and Television Program). He has studied composition/film scoring with Donald Erb, Elmer Bernstein, Christopher Young and Buddy Baker, respectively.

Hokoyama particularly writes music for film, TV and the concert stage. His works have been performed at various concert halls in the United States and Japan, and his music have been recorded at such studios as Paramount Studio Scoring Stage M and the Skywalker Scoring Stage. He has written scores for several award-winning films which include the Palme d’Or at The Cannes Film Festival, an Audience Award at Sundance Film Festival and the Best Student Short Drama Award at The Emmy.

He has also worked as an orchestrator for motion pictures and television shows such as Dungeons and Dragons, Buffy the Vampire Slayer (musical episode) and an NHK documentary series, Miracle Planet II. Recently, he has worked as the arranger with popular artists such as Clay Aiken, and Jared Leto (30 Seconds To Mars). He also produces the music for video games, notably Afrika and Resident Evil 5.

Works for Winds


  • Carmichael, John C. "Beyond." In Teaching Music through Performance in Band. Volume 6, edit. & comp. by Richard Miles, 461-467. Chicago: GIA Publications, 2007.
  • Mast, Andrew. "Spiritual Planet." In Teaching Music through Performance in Band. Volume 6, edit. & comp. by Richard Miles, 696-702. Chicago: GIA Publications, 2007.
  • Snyder, Courtney. "Nebula." In Teaching Music through Performance in Band. Volume 10, Compiled and edited by Richard Miles, 780-787. Chicago: GIA Publications, 2015.
  • Wataru Hokoyama website Accessed 11 January 2023
  • Wataru Hokoyama, Wikipedia Accessed 21 August 2017