Isao Tomita
  Composer
 Date of birth:
      April 22nd, 1932
      Tokyo, Japan
 
      
      
Biography

Often regarded as the godfather of synthesized music in Japan, and highly renowned in the field worldwide, Isao Tomita started his musical career after graduating from the Keio University in 1955. One of his earliest efforts included composing music for the Japanese teams in the 1956 Olympics. However, the composer's true calling was in cinema, as he started a career scoring films for Toei in 1958. Tomita stayed on as a composer at Toei, exclusively working for the company, up until the late 1960's when the composer branched out to other movie firms. He quickly became a popular choice of Katsu Productions in the early 1970's, working on films such as Zatoichi Goes to the Fire Festival (1970) and Hanzo the Razor: The Snare (1973). During this time, Tomita discovered, and embraced, synthesized music. He became one of the first in Japan to take on this, relatively, new style of music and was rewarded for his efforts in 1974 when his album, Snowflakes are Dancing, was nominated at the Grammy Awards that same year, making him the first Japanese musician to be recognized at the event. That same year, Tomita also conducted his only score for a Toho produced film, which was Toshio Masuda and Yoshimitsu Banno's Prophecies of Nostradamus. The movie was a box office success, but received unwanted attention from a member of the "No Nukes" group, who found the radiation born mutants in the film to be offensive to survivors of Hiroshima. They submitted their complaint with the Eirin Board, a organization in charge of censoring films in Japan, and Toho eventually pulled, and banned, the movie themselves to avoid further conflict. Thankfully, Tomita's work on the film was regarded highly enough that it was eventually released on soundtrack; in fact, it has been released several times, even as late as 2001. By the mid-1970's, the composer had already acquired a modest cult following, both domestically and overseas, and continued to release successful albums while touring the world at different events. The composer's most recent work includes the Academy Award nominated Twilight Samurai in 2002 and his The Tale of Genji album in 1999.

Composer Toho Filmography
Jungle Emperor Leo (1966)
Zatoichi Goes to the Fire Festival (1970)
The Comedy Man Sells It (1970)
Zatoichi Meets the One-Armed Swordsman (1971)
Her Majesty the Empress Tenno's European Visit (1972)
Hanzo the Razor: The Snare (1973)
Prophecies of Nostradamus (1974)
Akumyo: Notorious Dragon (1974)