Toshio Hosokawa

born in 1955 in Hiroshima, Honshu, Japan

Toshio Hosokawa

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Toshio Hosokawa ( Hosokawa Toshio?, born 23 October 1955 in Hiroshima, Japan) is a Japanese composer of contemporary classical music.


Hosokawa studied with Yun Isang at the Berlin University of the Arts. Since 1998, Hosokawa has served as Composer-in-Residence at the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra. In 2004, Hosokawa became a guest professor at Tokyo College of Music. In 2001, Hosokawa became a member of Akademie der Künste, Berlin.

Invited by Walter Fink, he was the 18th composer featured in the annual Komponistenporträt of the Rheingau Musik Festival in 2008, in chamber music, played by the Arditti Quartet and Mayumi Miyata (Sh), and the oratorio Voiceless Voice in Hiroshima, performed by the WDR Symphony Orchestra and Choir, Cologne conducted by Rupert Huber.[1]

Awards and honors

Hosokawa has received the following awards and honors.

  • First Prize in the Composition Competition which marked the 100th Anniversary of the Berliner Philharmoniker (1982)
  • Rheingau Musikpreis (1998)
  • Duisburger Musikpreis (1998)
  • musica viva-Preis der ARD und BMW AG (2001)
  • the 39th Suntory Music Award (2007)



Premiere Title Description Libretto and source
1998041919 Apr 1998, Gasteig/ Munich Biennale Vision of Lear Opera in 2 acts, 105' Tadashi Suzuki, after his stage play The Tale of Lear
2004070808 Jul 2004, Théâtre du Jeu de Paume/ Festival d'Aix-en-Provence Hanjo Opera in 1 act, 80' the composer, after the English translation by Donald Keene of the modern Noh play by Yukio Mishima
201105033 May 2011, La Monnaie, Bruxelles Matsukaze Opera in one act, 80' Hannah Dübgen, after the Noh play Matsukaze by Zeami


  • Voiceless Voice in Hiroshima for soloists, narrators, chorus, tape (ad lib.) and orchestra (1989/2001) after Matsuo Bash, Paul Celan and Genbaku no Ko[2]


  • In die Tiefe der Zeit (Into the Depths of Time)
  • Ferne Landschaft (1987), recorded 1988, Denon, The Contemporary Music of Japan, COCO-70960, Kyoto Symphony Orchestra, Koizumi, Kazuhiro conductor.
  • Circulating Ocean (2005)


  • Flute Concerto Per Sonare (1988)
  • Cello concerto (1997)
  • Voyage II for bassoon and ensemble (1997)
  • Horn Concerto Moment of Blossoming (2010)

Chamber music

  • Landscape V for sh and string quartet (1993)
  • Silent Flowers for string quartet (1998)
  • Deep Silence (2002), duets for sh (bamboo mouth organ), and accordion in the Gagaku style, including:
    • Cloudscapes - Moon Night
    • Wie ein Atmen im Lichte after a drawing of Rudolf Steiner
    • Sen V
  • Blossoming for string quartet (2007)
  • Lied II ( ) for viola and piano (2008)
  • Für Walter for soprano saxophone and piano, percussion ad libitum (2010), dedicated to Walter Fink for his 80th birthday[3]
  • Spell () for violin solo (2010)
  • Lullaby of Itsuki: from Japanese Folk Songs ( ) for violin and piano (2011)
  • Threnody: To the Victims of the Thoku Earthquake 3.11 ( ) for viola solo (2011)


  1. Klangmächtige Kathedralen Gerd Döring in Frankfurter Rundschau, 2 September 2008 (in German)
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  3. Komponistenwerkstatt: Walter Fink zum 80. Geburtstag (German). Rheingau Musik Festival (2010). Retrieved on 5 August 2010.

Further reading

  • Narazaki, Yoko. 2001. "Hosokawa, Toshio". The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, second edition, edited by Stanley Sadie and John Tyrrell. London: Macmillan Publishers.

External links

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