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'Music is the place where notes and silence meet.' - Toshio Hosokawa
Japanese composer Toshio Hosokawa was born in Hiroshima on 23 October 1955, and studied piano and composition in Tokyo, then composition in Berlin with Isang Yun and in Freiburg with Klaus Huber. He lives in Nagano.
He has been Tokyo Symphony Orchestra's composer-in-residence since 1998, a member of the Berlin Akademie der Künste since 2001 and a guest professor at Tokyo College of Music since 2004. He has also been invited to most of Europe's major contemporary music festivals, as composer-in-residence, guest composer or lecturer.
His music includes operas Vision of Lear and Hanjo, an oratorio Voiceless voice in Hiroshima, the orchestral work Circulating Ocean and, for piano and orchestra, His Lotus under the moonlight.
CD Spotlight. Sober and Engrossing - Orchestral music by Toshio Hosokawa, heard by Giuseppe Pennisi. 'The interpreters ... are high level and accustomed to working with Hosokawa and his music.'
CD Spotlight. Higher-level Synthesis - Music for string quartet by Toshio Hosokawa, heard by Andrew Schartmann. '... the Arditti ensemble produces the effect masterfully.'