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Joji  Yuasa

Born: August 12th, 1929
Country of origin: Japan
Upcoming :
Conductor: Yoichi Sugiyama
Orchestra: Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra
2017-10-30 | Tokyo (Japan), Suntory Hall

Joji Yuasa, born on August 12, 1929, in Koriyama, Japan, is a self taught composer. He first became interested in music while a pre medical student at Keio University, and in 1952 turned to music full time when he joined a young artists’ group, the Experimental Workshop in Tokyo. Since then, Yuasa has been actively engaged in a wide range of musical composition, including orchestral, choral and chamber music, music for theater, and intermedia, electronic and computer music.

His works, including film and television scores, have won several prizes; among them the Jury’s Special Prize of the 1961 Berlin Film Festival, the Prix Italia (1966, ’67), the San Marco Golden Lion Prize (1967), the Otaka Prize (1972, ’88, ’97, 2003), Grand Prizes at the Japan Arts Festival (1973, ’83), the Hida-Furukawa Music Grand Prize (1995), the Kyoto Music Grand Prize (1995), the Suntory Music Prize (1996), the Medal with Purple Ribbon (1997), Education Minister’s Art Encouragement Prize (1997), the Imperial Prize (1999) and the Japan Art Academy Prize (1999), etc. Yuasa has received a number of scholarships at home and abroad: a Japan Society Fellowship (1968–69), Composer-in-Residence at the Center for Music Experiment UCSD (1976), Berlin Artist Program by DAAD (1976–77), the New South Wales Conservatorium of Music in Sydney (1980), University of Toronto (1981) and IRCAM (1987), Civitella Ranieri Foundation (2002), among others.

He has won numerous commissions for his orchestral, chamber, chorus and electronic compositions including commissions for orchestral works from the Serge Koussevitzky Music Foundation, Saarländischer Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester, Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, Japan Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra, NHK Symphony Orchestra, Canada Council, Suntory Music Foundation, IRCAM and National Endowment for the Arts of the U.S.A., among others.

As a guest composer, lecturer and judge, Yuasa has contributed to the Festival of Arts In This Century in Hawaii (1970), New Music Concerts in Toronto (1980), the Asian Composers League in Hong Kong (1981), a concert tour for Contemporary Music Network by the British Arts Council (1981), the Asia Pacific Festival in New Zealand (1984), Composers Workshop in Amsterdam (1984, ’87), Internationale Ferienkurse Für Neue Musik in Darmstadt (1988), Lerchenborg Music Tage (1986, ’88) and Pacific Music Festival in Sapporo (1990), COMPOSIUM 2002 in Tokyo, Romania Contemporary Music Festival (2009), Internationale Ensemble Modern Akademie (2009), Stanford University (2009) among others. In 2005 his Responsorium from Requiem of Reconciliation, commissioned by Internationale Bachakademie Stuttgart as a commemorate the anniversary of the end of World War II, was premiered.

His music has been widely performed throughout the world at such festivals as the ISCM World Music Days (1971, ’74, ’78, ’79, ’81, ’83–’86, ’91, ’93, ’95, 2005, ’08), Warsaw Autumn (1969, ’76, ’78, ’81, ’84, ’86), Horizon ’84, ULTIMA Oslo Contemporary Music Festival (1995, 2005) and Venice Biennale (2005).

From 1981 to 1994, Yuasa was actively engaged in music research and education at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). Presently, he is professer emeritus at UCSD and Nihon University and a honorary menber of ISCM.

Conductor: Yoichi Sugiyama
Orchestra: Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra
2017-10-30 | Tokyo (Japan), Suntory Hall

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  1. Waltz

    Waltz

    from Ballet Circus Variation
    Digital output
    Composer: Yuasa, Joji
    Instrumentation: piano
    Edition: single sheet
    Order No.: SJ 10032
    €1.99
  2. My Blue Sky No. 3

    My Blue Sky No. 3

    Composer: Yuasa, Joji
    Instrumentation: violin
    Order No.: SJ 1001
    €14.00
  3. Domain

    Domain

    Composer: Yuasa, Joji
    Instrumentation: flute
    Order No.: SJ 1002
    €9.50

    Out of stock

  4. Clarinet Solitude

    Clarinet Solitude

    Composer: Yuasa, Joji
    Instrumentation: clarinet
    Order No.: SJ 1015
    €14.00

    Out of stock

  5. Interpenetration No. 2

    Interpenetration No. 2

    Composer: Yuasa, Joji
    Instrumentation: 2 percussion
    Edition: performance score
    Order No.: SJ 1021
    €19.00
  6. A Winter Day

    A Winter Day

    Homage to Bashô
    Composer: Yuasa, Joji
    Instrumentation: flute, clarinet (B), percussion, harp and piano
    Edition: score
    Order No.: SJ 1028
    €13.00

    Out of stock

  7. Observations on weather forecasts

    Observations on weather forecasts

    Composer: Yuasa, Joji
    Instrumentation: baritone and trumpet
    Order No.: SJ 1029
    €12.00
  8. Cosmos Haptic II

    Cosmos Haptic II

    Transfiguration
    Composer: Yuasa, Joji
    Instrumentation: piano
    Order No.: SJ 1034
    €9.50
  9. Mai-Bataraki II

    Mai-Bataraki II

    Composer: Yuasa, Joji
    Instrumentation: altoflute
    Order No.: SJ 1043
    €9.50
  10. Terms of Temporal Detailing

    Terms of Temporal Detailing

    Homage to David Hockney
    Composer: Yuasa, Joji
    Instrumentation: bassflute
    Order No.: SJ 1062
    €15.00

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Joji Yuasa, born on August 12, 1929, in Koriyama, Japan, is a self taught composer. He first became interested in music while a pre medical student at Keio University, and in 1952 turned to music full time when he joined a young artists’ group, the Experimental Workshop in Tokyo. Since then, Yuasa has been actively engaged in a wide range of musical composition, including orchestral, choral and chamber music, music for theater, and intermedia, electronic and computer music.

His works, including film and television scores, have won several prizes; among them the Jury’s Special Prize of the 1961 Berlin Film Festival, the Prix Italia (1966, ’67), the San Marco Golden Lion Prize (1967), the Otaka Prize (1972, ’88, ’97, 2003), Grand Prizes at the Japan Arts Festival (1973, ’83), the Hida-Furukawa Music Grand Prize (1995), the Kyoto Music Grand Prize (1995), the Suntory Music Prize (1996), the Medal with Purple Ribbon (1997), Education Minister’s Art Encouragement Prize (1997), the Imperial Prize (1999) and the Japan Art Academy Prize (1999), etc. Yuasa has received a number of scholarships at home and abroad: a Japan Society Fellowship (1968–69), Composer-in-Residence at the Center for Music Experiment UCSD (1976), Berlin Artist Program by DAAD (1976–77), the New South Wales Conservatorium of Music in Sydney (1980), University of Toronto (1981) and IRCAM (1987), Civitella Ranieri Foundation (2002), among others.

He has won numerous commissions for his orchestral, chamber, chorus and electronic compositions including commissions for orchestral works from the Serge Koussevitzky Music Foundation, Saarländischer Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester, Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, Japan Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra, NHK Symphony Orchestra, Canada Council, Suntory Music Foundation, IRCAM and National Endowment for the Arts of the U.S.A., among others.

As a guest composer, lecturer and judge, Yuasa has contributed to the Festival of Arts In This Century in Hawaii (1970), New Music Concerts in Toronto (1980), the Asian Composers League in Hong Kong (1981), a concert tour for Contemporary Music Network by the British Arts Council (1981), the Asia Pacific Festival in New Zealand (1984), Composers Workshop in Amsterdam (1984, ’87), Internationale Ferienkurse Für Neue Musik in Darmstadt (1988), Lerchenborg Music Tage (1986, ’88) and Pacific Music Festival in Sapporo (1990), COMPOSIUM 2002 in Tokyo, Romania Contemporary Music Festival (2009), Internationale Ensemble Modern Akademie (2009), Stanford University (2009) among others. In 2005 his Responsorium from Requiem of Reconciliation, commissioned by Internationale Bachakademie Stuttgart as a commemorate the anniversary of the end of World War II, was premiered.

His music has been widely performed throughout the world at such festivals as the ISCM World Music Days (1971, ’74, ’78, ’79, ’81, ’83–’86, ’91, ’93, ’95, 2005, ’08), Warsaw Autumn (1969, ’76, ’78, ’81, ’84, ’86), Horizon ’84, ULTIMA Oslo Contemporary Music Festival (1995, 2005) and Venice Biennale (2005).

From 1981 to 1994, Yuasa was actively engaged in music research and education at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). Presently, he is professer emeritus at UCSD and Nihon University and a honorary menber of ISCM.

Works
Performances
Conductor: Yoichi Sugiyama
Orchestra: Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra
2017-10-30 | Tokyo (Japan), Suntory Hall
Products

per page
  1. Waltz

    Waltz

    from Ballet Circus Variation
    Digital output
    Composer: Yuasa, Joji
    Instrumentation: piano
    Edition: single sheet
    Order No.: SJ 10032
    €1.99
  2. My Blue Sky No. 3

    My Blue Sky No. 3

    Composer: Yuasa, Joji
    Instrumentation: violin
    Order No.: SJ 1001
    €14.00
  3. Domain

    Domain

    Composer: Yuasa, Joji
    Instrumentation: flute
    Order No.: SJ 1002
    €9.50

    Out of stock

  4. Clarinet Solitude

    Clarinet Solitude

    Composer: Yuasa, Joji
    Instrumentation: clarinet
    Order No.: SJ 1015
    €14.00

    Out of stock

  5. Interpenetration No. 2

    Interpenetration No. 2

    Composer: Yuasa, Joji
    Instrumentation: 2 percussion
    Edition: performance score
    Order No.: SJ 1021
    €19.00
  6. A Winter Day

    A Winter Day

    Homage to Bashô
    Composer: Yuasa, Joji
    Instrumentation: flute, clarinet (B), percussion, harp and piano
    Edition: score
    Order No.: SJ 1028
    €13.00

    Out of stock

  7. Observations on weather forecasts

    Observations on weather forecasts

    Composer: Yuasa, Joji
    Instrumentation: baritone and trumpet
    Order No.: SJ 1029
    €12.00
  8. Cosmos Haptic II

    Cosmos Haptic II

    Transfiguration
    Composer: Yuasa, Joji
    Instrumentation: piano
    Order No.: SJ 1034
    €9.50
  9. Mai-Bataraki II

    Mai-Bataraki II

    Composer: Yuasa, Joji
    Instrumentation: altoflute
    Order No.: SJ 1043
    €9.50
  10. Terms of Temporal Detailing

    Terms of Temporal Detailing

    Homage to David Hockney
    Composer: Yuasa, Joji
    Instrumentation: bassflute
    Order No.: SJ 1062
    €15.00

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