Toru Takemitsu Biography
Toru Takemitsu is among the most important of those Japanese composers who have written music in the Western tradition, while preserving a fundamental Japanese identity, bringing his awareness of Japanese music and its traditions into a remarkable and very original synthesis. He makes use of Western or Japanese instruments, either separately or together, creating his own very individual sound.
Toru Takemitsu was born in Tokyo on 8th October 1930. Although he decided upon a career as a composer when only sixteen, he had little formal training and remained essentially self-taught.