Isao Tomita was born in 1932 in Tokyo, moved to China with his father when he was 3, and lived in Peking until he was 8. He went on to Keio University in Tokyo where he majored in the history of art.
But while pursuing an academic career, his avid interest in music and electronics led him to engage private teachers. One of his first compositions, “Wind Mills”, was selected by the Japan Federation of Choral Organizations as the song to be used by all contestants for the best choral group award. This achievement led to a commission for theme music to be used by the Japanese Olympic Team.
Since then, Tomita has composed a number of works for film and television. One such TV project was aired in the US by NBC, under the title “White Lion”. This background music was later incorporated into a tone poem which was recorded by the Japanese Philharmonic Orchestra and received a special Medal of Merit from the Japanese Government at the 1967 Japan Art Festival.
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