Toshio Hosokawa


Toshio Hosokawa was born on October 23, 1955 in Hiroshima. He went to West Berlin to study composition with Isang Yun at the Hochschule der Künste in 1976. From 1983 to 1986, he studied with Klaus Huber at the Staatlichen Hochschule für Musik in Freiburg.

In 1980, he participated for the first time in the Internationale Ferienkurse für Neue Musik in Darmstadt, where his work was performed. Since then, Hosokawa has presented his works in Europe and Japan, gaining an international reputation and winning numerous awards and prizes, including First Prize in the Composition Competition on the occasion of the 100th Anniversary of the Berliner Philharmonisches Orchester (1982), Rheingau Musikpreis (1998), Duisburger Musikpreis (1998) and musica viva-Preises der ARD und BMW AG (2001). In 2001, Hosokawa became a member of Akademie der Künste, Berlin. He is also invited as one of the fellows 2006/2007 by Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin.

He has been invited to nearly all of the major contemporary music festivals in Europe as composer in residence, guest composer or lecturer, including the Internationale Ferienkurse für Neue Musik in Darmstadt (1990- ), La Biennale di Venezia (1995, 2001), Münchener Biennale (1998), Internationale Sommerakademie der Hochschule “Mozerteum” Salzburg (1998), Internationale Musikfestwochen Luzern (2000), musica viva in Munich (2001), Klangspuren in Schwaz (2002) Musica nova Helsinki (2003) and Centre Acanthes in Villeneuve-lez-Avignon (2003). At the Münchener Biennale in 1998, his first opera, Vision of Lear, commissioned by the City of Munich for the festival, was premiered, and highly acclaimed as “a work inspired by the encounter of East and West which has opened up a new musical world.” In 2004, his second opera Hanjo, commissioned by the Festival d??Aix-en-Provence, was premiered at the Festival and achieved an overwhelming triumph. In August 2005, his orchestral work, Circulating Ocean, commissioned by the Salzburg Festival, was premiered by the Vienna Philharmonic under the baton of Valery Gergiev.

Since 1998, he has served as Composer-in-Residence at the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra. Since 2001, he has served as Music Director for the Takefu International Music Festival, and in 2004, he became a guest professor at Tokyo College of Music.

Selected works by Toshio Hosokawa:
“The future is what the present can bear.”
--Robert Fripp