Makoto Shinohara

b. 1931



Japanese composer Makoto Shinohara was born on December 10th 1931 in Osaka, Japan and studied at the Tokyo University of the Arts from 1952 to 1954. Whilst there, he studied composition with Tomojiro Ikenouchi, piano with Kazuko Yasukawa and conducting with Akeo Watanabe and Kurt Woess. He then moved to Paris in 1954 and began study at the conservatory there with Tony Aubin, Olivier Messiaen, Simone Plé-Caussade, Pierre Revel and Louis Fourrestier. From 1962 to 1964 he studied at the Hochschule für Musik in Munich alongside studying at the Siemens electronic studio. After this he studied with Bernd Alois Zimmermann and Gottfried Michael Koenig at the Rheinischen Musikhochschule in Cologne in addition to Karlheinz Stockhausen from 1964-65. 

He was awarded scholarships at the Deutschen Akademischen Austauschdienstes from 1966 to 1967 and from the Italian government in 1969. He won the Rockefeller Prize from the Columbia Princeton Electronic Music Centre in 1971 and another scholarship from the Dutch government in 1978. He spent much of the 1970s experimenting with electronic music in the USA and Germany but settled in Montreal, Canada, after being appointed as visiting professor of composition by McGill University.