Japanese composer Akira Miyoshi died last Friday at a Tokyo hospital. He was 80. He was a child prodigy on the piano, studying with Kozaburo Hirai and Tomojiro Ikenouchi. He studied at the Paris Conservatory with Henri Challan and Raymond Gallois-Montbrun from 1955 to 1957. He was very influenced by Henri Dutilleux. Miyoshi composed music featuring a mixture of Japanese and western techniques, symphonic and chamber music as well as choral works and operas.

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