Isamu Tachihara | Composer

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Born in 1962 in Adachi-ward, Tokyo. After graduating from Kasukabe high school in Saitama, studied at Department of Composition, Faculty of Music, Tokyo University of the Arts. After graduating from the university, made a tour of European countries, the Middle East and Southeast Asia for 6 months to study religious music. A piece "Sinfonia -for orchestra-" composed during his stay in Jerusalem was selected for “the 19th Concert of Contemporary Japanese Orchestra”. After being performed by the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra for the first time, the piece received 1st prize in the composition category at the 17th Japan Symphony Foundation Award. The piece was also nominated for the Akutagawa Award For Music Composition hosted by Suntory Foundation for Arts and performed at various places around the world including Suntory Hall in Tokyo.

He also worked as an assistant of Toru Takemitsu in the last two years of the composer’s life.

Apart from composition, he is active as a producer: Brass Festival 2007 (2007), Edo Traditional Performing Art Festival (2010), Yuyake Dandan Music Festival (since 2002 to present).
He worked as a part-time assistant professor at the Tokyo University of the Arts from 2004 till 2006.
Currently, he works at University of Human Arts and Sciences while working as a freelance composer.

Competition

-Finalist, The First International Jean Sibelius Composition Competition (2015, Finnland)
-Quarts de finaliste, 5e Concours International de Composition, 2015 (2015, France)
-Special Recognition Award, FIMS International Competition (2013, Switzerland)
-Quarts de finaliste, 1er Concours International de Composition, 2004 (2004, France)
-Semi Finalist, Leonard Bernstein Jerusalem International Music Competition (1997, Islael)
-nominated for the Akutagawa Award For Music Composition hosted by Suntory Foundation for Arts (1996, Tokyo)
-1st prize in the composition category at the 17th Japan Symphony Foundation Award (1995, Tokyo)

Mentors

Composition: Kenjiro Urata, Izumi Yamada and Teizo Murata
Piano: Akiko Noguchi and Shun Sato
Conducting: Yoko Matsuo
Trombone: Goro Sekine and Yukio Nagahama

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