Toshio Mashima

Toshio Mashima was born in Tsuruoka-shi, Yamagata in1949. He entered Yamaha's Band Educator Academy while majoring in technology at Kanagawa University. Mashima studied harmony, composition and arrangement with the late Bin Kaneda and jazz theory under the late Makoto Uchibori. After graduation in 1971, he freelanced on trombone and piano, playing jazz and popular music. Working as an assistant to composer Naohiro Iwai furthered his interest in writing for winds.

Mashima has produced many works for wind band, and is also well known for his outstanding jazz and pops arrangements for both concert and big bands. Noteworthy concert band pieces include the symphonic poem "Seascape", selected as a 1985 All Japan Band Competition test piece, a 1991 test piece "Coral Blue", and the 1997 test piece "Sweet Breeze in May". Others include "Mirage I", "Jacob's Ladder to a Crescent" and "Mirage a Paris". More recent works include "Les trois notes du Japon", commissioned by the Tokyo Kosei Wind Orchestra in 2001, and "Mirage III" in 2003. "Mirage II" (1999) was premiered by Paris' Garde Republicaine Wind Orchestra in July of that year. Mashima has also produced significantly recorded transcriptions of Gershwin's "Cuban Overture", Rimsky-Korsakov's "Scheherazade Symphonic Suite", and Debussy's "L'isle joyeuse" to name a few. Mashima is published in Japan, America and Holland, has also scored for television drama, and received an academy award (1997) for composition from the Academic Society of Japan for Wind, Percussion & Band.


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