Born in Tokyo in 1953, Takashi Yoshimatsu studied in the engineering department of Keio University. He taught himself composition and studied under Teizo Matsumura. He has played with several jazz, rock and other bands. An advocate of 'new lyricism', he decries unmusical trends in modern music. He has published many works since his debut composition in 1981, Forgetful Angel. These include two symphonies and five concertos. His orchestral pieces include Ode to Bird and Rainbow and he has composed many stage pieces, a series of chamber music works on the theme of 'birds' and pieces for piano and Japanese instruments.
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