Hiroshi Yoshimura

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Hiroshi Yoshimura
Birth nameHiroshi Yoshimura (Japanese:吉村弘)
Born(1940-10-22)October 22, 1940
Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan
OriginYokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan
DiedOctober 23, 2003(2003-10-23) (aged 63)
  • Composer
  • songwriter
Years active1972–2003

Hiroshi Yoshimura (吉村弘, Yoshimura Hiroshi, 22 October 1940 – 23 October 2003) was a Japanese musician and composer. He is considered a pioneer of ambient music in Japan.[1]

Early life[edit]

Hiroshi Yoshimura was born in Yokohama, Kanagawa in 1940. In 1964 he graduated from Waseda School of Letters, Arts and Sciences II.


He started the computer music group "Anonyme" in 1972. In 1978 he was commissioned by the NHK to compose the piece "Alma's Cloud".

In addition to solo performances and improvisational music, he performed production performance and sound objects, environmental music containing graphic design and sound design, visual poetry, and worked on sound design business in collaboration with TOA.[2] In addition to solo performance and improvisational music, he made music for galleries, museums, building spaces and train stations. He was at the forefront of environmental music.[3] He worked as a part-time lecturer in the Industrial Design Department at the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Chiba and at the Music Design Department of Kunitachi College of Music. He held workshops on citizen participation in museums.

Yoshimura died of skin cancer in 2003.


  • Music For Nine Post Cards (1982)
  • Pier & Loft (1983)
  • A・I・R (Air In Resort) (1984)
  • Green (1986)
  • Soundscape 1: Surround (1986)
  • 静けさの本 (Static) (1986)
  • Flora (1987)
  • Wet Land (1993)
  • Face Music (1994)
  • Quiet Forest (クワイエット・フォレスト) (1998)
  • Four Post Cards (2004)
  • Soft Wave For Automatic Music Box (2005)


  1. ^ "7 Essential Japanese Ambient and New Age Records". Crack Magazine. Retrieved 2018-06-05.
  2. ^ "Hiroshi Yoshimura age, hometown, biography - Last.fm". Last.fm.
  3. ^ "Hiroshi Yoshimura". Discogs.