Yuzo Toyama

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Yūzō Toyama (外山 雄三, Toyama Yūzō, born 10 May 1931) is a Japanese composer and conductor. A native of Tokyo, he was a pupil of Kan'ichi Shimofusa; he studied conducting with Kurt Wöss and Wilhelm Loibner and, like them, later became a conductor of the NHK Symphony Orchestra. As a conductor he has served with numerous orchestras throughout Japan; as a composer his prime influences are Béla Bartók and Dmitri Shostakovich. Rostropovich performed the world premiere of the composer's six-movement 1967 First Cello Concerto, a piece described by Gramophone as "attractive", with the additional comment that it "sounds like Japanese folk music rendered orchestral by Kodaly".[1] His best-known work is a Rhapsody for Orchestra based on Japanese folk songs.

Toyama won the Suntory Music Award in 1982.


  1. ^ "Rostropovich The Moscow Recordings". Gramophone. Retrieved 9 August 2020.