List of Japanese composers

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This is a list of Japanese composers, ordered by birth date.

Traditional Music[edit]

Shōka, Lied, Children's song[edit]

Classical and Contemporary[edit]

Name Birth year Death year Prominent works
Keiko Abe 1937
Kōmei Abe 1911 2006 String Quartet No. 7 (1950)
Yasushi Akutagawa 1925 1989 Trinita Sinfonica (1948), Triptyque for string orchestra (1953)
Opera "Orpheus in Hiroshima" (1960), Concerto Ostinato (1969)
Masamichi Amano 1957
Sadao Bekku 1922 2012 Symphony No. 1 (1961), Violin Concerto (1969), Viola Concerto (1971)
Ikuma Dan 1924 2001 Opera "Yūzuru" (1952), 6 Symphonies
Mamoru Fujieda 1955
Keiko Fujiie 1963
Hiro Fujikake 1949 Pastoral Fantasy (1975),The Rope Crest (1977), Symphony Japan(1993), Symphony IZUMO(2005)
Dai Fujikura 1977
Shirō Fukai 1907 1959 Quatre Mouvements Parodiques (1933/36)
Kazuko Hara 1935 2014
Kunihiko Hashimoto 1904 1949 Symphony No. 1 in D (1940), Symphony No. 2 in F (1947)
Fumio Hayasaka 1914 1955 Ancient Dances on the Left and on the Right (1941), Yukara (1955)
Hikaru Hayashi 1931 2012 Viola Concerto "Elegia" (1995)
Kozaburo Hirai 1910 2002
Takekuni Hirayoshi 1936 1998
Ryōhei Hirose 1930 2008 Cello Concerto "Triste" (1971), Shakuhachi Concerto (1976)
Toshio Hosokawa 1955
Toshi Ichiyanagi 1933 Violin Concerto "Circulating Scenery" (1983), Symphony "Berlin Renshi" (1989)
Akira Ifukube 1914 2006 Ballata Sinfonica (1943), Ritmica Ostinata for piano and orchestra (1961/71)
Eclogues after Epos among Aino Races for solo voice and 4 kettle drums (1950)
Shin-ichiro Ikebe 1943 Symphony No. 2 "Trias" (1979), Symphony No. 3 "Ego Phano" (1984)
Tomojirō Ikenouchi 1906 1991
Yoshirō Irino 1921 1980 Sinfonietta (1953)
Kan Ishii 1921 2009 Sinfonia Ainu (1959)
Maki Ishii 1936 2003
Mareo Ishiketa 1916 1996
Noboru Ito 1903 1993
Kikuko Kanai 1911 1986
Makiko Kinoshita 1956
Michio Kitazume 1948
Yasuji Kiyose 1900 1981 To Ancient Times for orchestra (1937)
Nobu Kōda 1870 1946 Violin Sonata in E-flat major (1895), Violin Sonata in D minor (1897)
Jo Kondo 1947
Hidemaro Konoye 1898 1973
Yūji Koseki 1909 1989
Takehisa Kosugi 1938 2018
Kiyoshige Koyama 1914 2009 Kobiki-Uta (Woodcutter's Song) for Orchestra (1957)
Kikuko Masumoto 1937
Yoritsune Matsudaira 1907 2001 Theme and Variations for Piano and Orchestra (1951), U-mai (1957), Sa-mai (1958)
Teizo Matsumura 1929 2007 Achime (1957), Symphony No. 1 (1965), Prélude pour orchestre (1968)
2 Piano Concertos (1973, 1978), Cello Concerto(1984), Opera "Silence" (1993)
Toshiro Mayuzumi 1929 1997 Bacchanale (1954), Tonepleromas 55 (1955), Nirvana Symphony (1958)
Mandala Symphony (1960), Bugaku (1962), Opera "The Golden Pavilion" (1976)
Minoru Miki 1930 2011 Marimba Spiritual (1983), Wakahime (1991), Pipa Concerto (1997), Ai-en (2005)
Shukichi Mitsukuri 1895 1971
Jun Miyake 1958
Haruna Miyake 1942
Akira Miyoshi 1933 2013 Trois mouvements symphoniques (1960), Piano Concerto (1961), Concerto for Orchestra (1964)
Violin Concerto (1965), Requiem (1970), Kyômon (1984), Litania pour Fuji (1988)
Makoto Moroi 1930 2013 Piano Concerto No. 1 (1966), Concerto for Shakuhachi and 17 Strings-Koto (1975)
Saburō Moroi 1903 1977 Symphony No. 2 (1938), Violin Concerto (1939), Piano Sonata No. 2 (1939)
Jun Nagao 1964
Yoshinao Nakada 1923 2000
Akira Nishimura 1953 Kecak for Percussion ensemble (1979), Heterophony for Two Piano and Orchestra (1987)
Takatomi Nobunaga 1971
Kiyoshi Nobutoki 1887 1965 Cantata "Kaido-Tosei" (1940)
Roh Ogura 1916 1990 Dance Suite (1953), Symphony in G (1968)
Hiroshi Ohguri 1918 1982
Hisato Ohzawa 1907 1953 Symphony No. 1 (1934), Piano Concerto No. 3 "Kamikaze" (1938)
Atsutada Otaka 1944 2021 Image for orchestra (1981), Fantasy for organ and orchestra (1999)
Shigeaki Saegusa 1942
Somei Satoh 1947
Tokichi Setoguchi 1868 1941 Warship March (1897)
Minao Shibata 1916 1996
Kan'ichi Shimofusa 1898 1962
Hifumi Shimoyama 1930
Makoto Shinohara 1931
Isotaro Sugata 1907 1952
Yoshihisa Taira 1937 2005
Yūji Takahashi 1938
Saburō Takata 1913 2000
Toru Takemitsu 1930 1996 Requiem for String Orchestra (1957), The Dorian Horizon (1966), November Steps (1967)
Asterism (1967), A Flock Descends into the Pentagonal Garden (1977), Nostalghia (1987)
Rentarō Taki 1879 1903 Minuet in B minor (1900), "Urami" (1903)
Karen Tanaka 1961
Yuzo Toyama 1931 Rhapsody for Orchestra (1960)
Kazuo Yamada 1912 1991
Kōsaku Yamada 1886 1965 Symphonic Poem "Madara no Hana (Hawthorn flower)" (1913), Sinfonia "Inno Meiji" (1921), Nagauta Symphony (1934)
Jun Yamaguchi 1967
Hiroyuki Yamamoto 1967
Akio Yashiro 1929 1976 Symphony (1958), Cello Concerto (1960), Piano Sonata (1961), Piano Concerto (1967)
Akio Yasuraoka 1958
Takashi Yoshimatsu 1953 Threnody to Toki (1980), Pleiades Dances (1986-2001)
Joji Yuasa 1929

Others[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Composer Yoko Kanno Holds Open Audition for Male Singer". Anime News Network. 2013-01-14. Retrieved 2013-02-02.