Y..o..s..h..i..h..i..r..o.......K..a..n..n..o....



YOSHIHIRO KANNO, born in Tokyo in 1953,
graduated from the Tokyo University of Fine Arts and Music with the Master's Degree in 1980.

In 1979, he won the Prince Pierre of Monaco Musical Composition Award
for his "String Quartet".

In 1994, his "Les Temps de Miroirs--L'Horizontale du Vent"
for ryuteki, sho, and electronic music
became the recommended work of International Music Council sponsored by UNESCO.

His work for ballet "Mandala",
after being premiered in Tokyo in 1987,
was performed at the Edinburgh International Festival in 1988
and toured New York and Washington, D.C. in 1991.

Among his recent works, the work for Gagaku orchestra "Moon Phase"
was performed in Tokyo, Germany and Spain,
and the work for Japanese traditional ensemble "A Lunar Note"
was performed in Tokyo and several cities in the United States.

Kanno's compositions are founded on three genres--the Western orchestral music,
the Japanese traditional instruments, and the computer music.
Employing the various elements freely and unboundedly,
he has composed a number of pieces based on Japanese idioms and traditions.

Kanno's main works include:

"Mandala (orchestra piece for ballet)" (1987)
commissioned by the Matsuyama Ballet Company,

"Tapestry I with Voices of Shomyo (electronic sound)" (1988)
commissioned by the Computer Music Festival in Zurich,

"Hoshoji To Kuyo (restored instruments from the 8th century)" (1988)
commissioned by the National Theatre of Japan,

"Earth Tremor,Wind Rhyme(Japanese traditional instruments)" (1990)
commissioned by the National Theatre of Japan,

"Spherical Penitence (Shomyo--Buddhist monk chorus)" (1992)
commissioned by the National Theatre of Japan,

"City of Sand in a Labyrinth
for soprano, synthesizer, piano and two percussions" (1991)
commissioned by the Interlink Festival,

"The Remains of the Light I (piano)" (1992),

"Procession of Fire (computer music with Noh instruments)" (1993)
commissioned by the International Computer Music Conference,

"A Mythical Implosion (orchestra)" (1995)
commissioned by theŇ@NHK Symphony Orchestra,

"Saigyo--Procession of Light (Gagaku, Shomyo, ancient instruments)" (1995)
commissioned by the National Theatre of Japan,

"A Voice, The Pulsar--Ensphere (Shomyo with computer music)" (1996),
commissioned by the DENON.

"Moon Phase (Gagaku)" (1998)
commissioned by the Reigakusha Gagaku Ensemble,

"A Lunar Note (Japanese instruments)" (1998)
commissioned by theŇ@Pro Musica Nipponica,

"A Cluster of Stars II (cello and piano)" (1998)
recorded by Torleif Thedeen and Noriko Ogawa.



P..U..B..L..I..C..A..T..I..O..N..S....

"Winter Myth"for Mixed Chorus and Percussion
(The Japan Federation of Composers)

"Extinction of a Star"for Violin and Piano
(The Japan Federation of Composers)

"Transparent Mirror" for Harp
(Ongaku no Tomo Edition)

"City of Sand in a Labyrinth"for Soprano,Synthesizer,Piano and Two Percussions
(Ongaku no Tomo Edition)

"The Remains of the Light I - signals to those unknown" for Piano
(Ongaku no Tomo Edition)





C..D......R..E..C..O..R..D..I..N..G..S....

Works of Yoshihiro Kanno "Resounding Sphere I - Extinction of a Star"
(Fontec)

Works of Yoshihiro Kanno "Resounding Sphere II - City of Sand in a Labyrinth"
(Fontec)

"A Voice, The Pulsar--Ensphere"
(Denon)

"Homuratatsu Soundtrack" I&II
(Datam Polyster)

"Legend of Gusko Budori Soundtrack"
(Toshiba EMI)

"World Museum Soundtrack"
(Datam Polyster)





M..A..J..O..R......W..O..R..K..S....

"String Quartet" 1976

"Mandala" (Ballet Score) 1987
commissioned by the Matsuyama Ballet Company
; performed at the Edinburgh International Festival,New York, Washington, D.C.,Tokyo


"Tapestry I with Voices of Shomyo" (Electronic Sound) 1990
--commissioned by the Computer Music Festival in Zurich

"Festival of Stone Mirror II" (Ensemble of Japanese Traditional Instruments) 1990
-- commissioned by the Tokyo International MusicEnsemble for the tour in the USA

"City of Sand in a Labyrinth" (Soprano,Synthesizer,Piano and Two Percussions) 1991
--commissioned by the Interlink Festival; performed by the Daniel Lentz Group

"The Remains of the Light I" (Piano) 1992

"Procession of Fire" (Computer Music with Noh instruments) 1993
--commissioned by the International Computer Music Conference

"A Mythical Implosion" (Orchestra) 1995
--commissioned by the NHK Symphony Orchestra

"Saigyo--Procession of Light" (Gagaku, Shomyo, Ancient Instruments) 1995
--commissioned by the National Theatre of Japan

"A Voice, The Pulsar--Ensphere" (Shomyo with Computer Music) 1996
--commissioned by the Columbia Records Co.

Music for the TV drama series "Homuratatsu" 1993-1994
--NHK TV and numerous

other works for TV programs, films, theatres, and environmental music installations